School of Accounting
Dealing with four brothers as the only girl didn’t stop senior accounting major Shelbie Smith from proving she was just as tough.
Born in Edmond, Smith attended Edmond Memorial High School, where she was involved with Student Council and softball. She helped organize the annual SWINE week for Edmond Memorial, raising $500,000 for nonprofit organizations and gaining valuable experience dealing with professionals and handling money. Smith and her family grew up attending Oklahoma State University football games, which made the decision to transfer to OSU an easy one.
“Our family has always come to football games on Saturdays, we hold season tickets every year,” Smith said. “My oldest brother graduated from OSU, the next one came [to OSU] for a year and decided college wasn’t for him, and the one right above me graduated from OSU in December. After my two years at North Texas playing softball, I decided I was done and I knew OSU was heavy on my heart, I always wanted to go to OSU, so it was a pretty easy decision for me to say this is where I am going to transfer to.
“My youngest brother will be a freshman [at OSU] next year. My dad attended OSU many, many years ago and has always been a big Cowboys fan, lives and breathes Cowboy football. My mom did not attend Oklahoma State, but that’s okay.” Continue Reading
Charlotte Wright, Regents Professor and Anadarko Petroleum Chair in the School of Accounting, retired from Oklahoma State University in June after 35 years in the Spears School of Business.
“Without a doubt, I have most enjoyed the students during my time at OSU. I have had so many great, hardworking, honest students from all across Oklahoma. Many of my students have gone on to have outstanding careers in industry, public accounting and in academia,” Wright says.
After Wright completed her master’s degree in professional accounting at the University of Texas at Arlington, she took a position with a major oil and gas company in Dallas. A few years later, she decided to go into a doctoral program and received a fellowship from the Institute for Petroleum Accounting Research at North Texas. There, she was able to work with some of the top experts in the oil and gas accounting industry as well as the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission. She also received a substantial grant to pursue a dissertation in oil and gas accounting. Continue Reading
Blair Beale, a senior accounting major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship awarded by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The merit scholarship is intended to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in audit.
The 21-year-old is the daughter of Mark and Lori Beale of Abilene, Texas.
Beale was nominated by the School of Accounting Scholarship Committee in the Spears School of Business. “The nomination committee selected Blair because of her excellence both in and out of the classroom. Her work ethic and attitude exemplify the best of our program and we are proud to call her one of our own,” said Angela Spencer, associate professor in the School of Accounting. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University finance alunma Wendy Thompson was selected as one of only 38 CPAs in the nation to attend the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) Leadership Academy program October 1-5 in Durham, North Carolina.
Thompson grew up in Tulsa and knew she wanted to attend OSU. She graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s in finance with a minor in accounting in 2008 and was also a member of the equestrian team during that time. She works for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores as the manager of transportation accounting for Love’s trucking business, Gemini Motor Transport. She also serves as the treasurer of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma’s Board of Directors and the treasurer for the Thoroughbred Athletes Inc. Board of Directors.
Thompson has a history of success, being selected as one of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs as a 2016 Trailblazer and recently graduated from Leadership OKC’s LOYAL XII Program. She hopes to bring innovative ideas back to her organization and community and continue to improve her leadership skills.
“The selection process was very rigorous, requiring us to submit multiple essays, reference letters, lists of our accomplishments and our résumé,” Thompson said. “I feel very honored to be one of the 38 selected for the program. From a young age, I had always had a passion to learn and to better myself. Earning my CPA designation is one of my proudest accomplishments, and I want to continue to challenge myself as a young CPA and improve as a leader. Continue Reading
Spears School of Business alumna Kari Easson was recently named a 40 Under 40 by Oklahoma Magazine. She is the Controller/Accounting Director at Stillwater Medical Center.
Originally from Maryland, Easson first moved to Stillwater 12 years ago when her husband was a student at OSU. She received a master’s degree in accounting in 2008 and a master’s in health care administration in 2015 from Oklahoma State University.
Today, Easson manages a staff of six and is in charge of the day-to-day financial operations of Stillwater Medical Center (SMC) and all of their clinics and reports to the CFO. She prepares monthly financial statements and monthly financial/statistical reports, oversees the audit process and Medicare cost report preparations by SMC auditors, and coordinates their yearly budgeting process. She also manages the same accounting functions of Blackwell Regional Hospital. Continue Reading
For Spears School of Business accounting senior Jordan Mazariegos, coming to Oklahoma State University was the gateway to a new life in the United States.
Born in Mexico City, Mazariegos was two years old when he and his parents packed up their lives and moved to Anaheim, Calif. With the help of a mysterious person his father had met along the way, Mazariegos and his family moved to Tulsa, Okla.
“Interestingly, the person that my dad met on his journey to the United States, my dad never saw him again,” Mazariegos said. “We moved [to Tulsa] because he called my dad and told him he had an apartment ready for us. So, my dad started paying rent and brought us over and we started our life in Tulsa. I don’t even know [the guy’s] name.”
Mazariegos attended Union High School and made many friends and genuine relationships with teachers that were always ready to lend a helping hand. He played soccer and had dreams of becoming a professional soccer player, even making it to the state championship his senior year. He knew he wanted to go to college to provide for his family, but when he was in his teens, he realized he wasn’t quite like every other student. Continue Reading
As she prepares for graduation, Carson Guinn credits her parents for inspiring her to pursue a career in finance
Carson Guinn is a senior economics and finance double major with a minor in accounting from Wichita, Kansas. She will graduate from Oklahoma State University on May 13.
Her parents Lynn and Kim Guinn graduated from the T. Boone Pickens College of Business at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, outside of Amarillo. “Pickens was a large supporter of the school as well as a major supporter of Oklahoma State University. So we have a running joke in my family that although we didn’t graduate from university, we have the same alma mater because T. Boone Pickens is such a huge supporter of Oklahoma State. So we’re kind of all Cowboys,” said Guinn. Continue Reading
Four Oklahoma State University business students will be traveling to Anaheim, California, to compete in the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in June.
Earlier in April, management junior Anna Hudson, international business junior Kalina Keester, accounting junior Sydney Laudero and finance junior Kayla Roberts competed at the PBL State Conference hosted by Tulsa Community College-Metro. All four placed in the top three of their respective competitions to qualify for the National Leadership Conference. OSU Spears School of Business academic counselor Vicki Johansen also attended the conference as the OSU PBL chapter adviser. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting boasted the largest attendance to date with approximately 60 accounting faculty and PhD student attendees at its annual Accounting Research Conference.
The School of Accounting, with support from the Center for Executive and Professional Development, hosted the conference in the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The conference, which began in the 1980s, brings in some of the preeminent researchers in the field of accounting.
This year’s conference included research presentations by Daniel Collins, professor and Henry B. Tippie Research Chair in Accounting at the University of Iowa; Mary Hill from the University of Oklahoma, and OSU School of Accounting’s own Leah Muriel. Jimmy F. Downes from the University of Nebraska and a graduate of OSU’s accounting PhD program also presented at the conference. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University accounting graduate student Sarah Polakow will be awarded the OSCPA Silver Medal from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) on May 20 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Polakow scored the highest on the CPA exam and passed all four parts of the exam within testing windows III (September) and IV (December) of 2016. Without the guidance of accounting professor Bob Cornell and associate dean Carol Johnson, Polakow says she would have switched majors long ago.
“When I first started out in the accounting program at OSU, I had a rough go of things and seriously considered switching majors,” Polakow said. “During a meeting with Dr. Cornell and Dr. Johnson, they told me that what someone had learned and the work ethic they acquired wasn’t always accurately measured by their grade point average. It was because of their encouragement and my family’s support that I chose to stay in accounting, and I am so glad I did. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will induct three alumni into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and honor a Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient during the 2017 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 20 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are:
- Kimberly Burke, who earned her doctoral degree in 1995 from the OSU School of Accounting, is a professor of accounting and dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
- Marc Delametter, a 1983 OSU graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, is retired from QuikTrip Corporation in Tulsa where he was vice president for accounting/controller, and he currently serves as a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.
- John Eaton, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1992 from OSU, is a partner with EY in Tulsa.
The Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni award will be presented to:
- Shane Randolph, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in 2003, is a managing director at Opportune LLP in Denver.
Rick Wilson, interim head of the School of Accounting in the OSU Spears School of Business, is proud to recognize the three Hall of Fame honorees and the BAP Distinguished Alumni recipient at this year’s banquet. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University doctoral student Chuong Do will be honored March 9 with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award at the 2017 annual American Accounting Association – Southwest regional meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Do’s paper, “Macroeconomic Effects of Aggregate Accounting Conservatism: A Cross-Country Analysis,” was blind peer-reviewed before being selected as the winner. Do is advised by OSU associate professors of accounting Don Herrmann and Sandeep Nabar.
“Chuong Do is one of our top doctoral students,” Herrmann said. “In addition to being selected for an award at the AAA Southwest Meeting in Little Rock, Chuong was also selected to represent Oklahoma State University at the AAA doctoral consortium to be held in Dallas later this spring. We are very proud of Chuong Do and his accomplishments so far and expect even more from him as he continues to develop his research skills over the next few years.” Continue Reading
This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.
Prior governmental and academic research on the structure of the U.S. audit market suggests either no association between market concentration and audit fees or even a negative association, implying that greater concentration actually results in lower audit fees. However, this finding is opposite of what many would expect.
Brad Lawson, assistant professor of accounting at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, and another researcher decided to take a closer look into this phenomenon in their research titled “Audit Market Structure and Audit Pricing,” which is forthcoming in the Accounting Horizons journal. What they find is that prior studies did not consider the influence of individual city-level characteristics on the association between concentration and audit fees.
Two Certified Public Accountant (CPA) candidates who earned degrees from Oklahoma State University were honored at the 2016 New CPA Ceremony by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (OSCPA) on Nov. 19, at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Continue Reading
Five Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2016-2017 academic year by the OSU Alumni Association.
The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.
“We are so proud of our Seniors of Significance,” said Spears School Associate Dean Karen Flaherty. “All five recipients are incredibly deserving of this honor. We are thankful for the contributions each one of these students has made to the Spears School of Business community over the past four years.”
The Spears School of Business Seniors of Significance are listed below with their hometown and major: Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Beta Alpha Psi – Chi chapter has been recognized as a superior chapter by the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors.
The honorary organization went above and beyond the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and excelled in academics, professionalism and leadership. OSU professor of accounting Monika Turek, who served the Chi chapter as its faculty adviser from 2013-2016, was also recognized for her invaluable service to the institution. Under the supervision of Turek and past faculty adviser Pat Dorr, Chi chapter has been recognized as a superior chapter since 2004. Continue Reading
Three outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Peyton Hillery, an accounting major from Wichita Falls, Texas, was selected as a Top 10 Freshman Woman at OSU, while Vishnu Patel, a finance major from Stillwater, and Mason Russell, a management science and information systems major from Norman, were named Top 10 Freshmen Men. The three Spears Business students will be honored along with 17 other OSU freshmen Oct. 8 in the Browsing Room of Edmon Low Library and again during half time of the OSU-Iowa State football game.
Hillery is the daughter of Brent and Linda Hillery and is also a Spears “I Am Building” student, a Spears Business campaign that selected six outstanding business freshmen to represent the first graduating class of the new business building, set to open January 2018. Hillery is a Spears School scholar leader and the finance assistant for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She also serves as the assistant finance director for CowboyThon and a McKnight scholar leader, an out-of-state scholarship and class focused on leadership. Continue Reading
The School of Accounting is tied for No. 28 nationally in the Top 50 Undergraduate Rankings, and is eighth in the nation – first among Big 12 institutions – for undergraduate programs with 16 to 21 full-time accounting faculty. The OSU accounting program is No. 44 in the Top 50 Master’s Ranking of all schools.
The Public Accounting Report 35th Annual Professors Survey – 2016 is the nation’s only survey that allows accounting professors to rank the nation’s best accounting programs.
Lisa Owens-Jackson and J Riley Shaw are both successful accounting professors at their respective universities. They also have close ties to Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. The pair attributes much of their success to the education they received at OSU and found inspiration to guide their own students from OSU’s faculty.
Owens-Jackson, associate dean and associate professor of accounting at North Carolina A&T State University, and Shaw, associate professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi, were honored as National Outstanding Beta Alpha Psi Faculty Advisor at the American Accounting Association annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Oklahoma State University alumnus George Krull will be honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award at the American Accounting Association at the group’s annual meeting in August in New York City.
Krull served as a partner in the executive office of Grant Thornton LLP, where he worked with the implementation of the firm’s automated audit and control software, and he was the firm’s chief learning officer. Since his retirement in 2000, he volunteers to improve the quality of collegiate business and accounting education.
“Dr. George Krull represents the very best of the School of Accounting alumni,” said Robert Cornell, head of the OSU School of Accounting. “His lifelong commitment to integrity and service exemplify the ideals we strive to teach every student at Oklahoma State University. On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Accounting, I congratulate Dr. Krull for receiving this well-deserved honor from the American Accounting Association.”
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will induct four distinguished alumni into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and honor a Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient during the 2016 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 22 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
This year’s honorees are:
- John Fiebig, 1987 OSU School of Accounting graduate, is the Deputy Director of Inspections for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and is the leader of the Global Network Firm Program.
- Dee Niles, who earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and accounting from OSU, retired from KPMG after a lengthy career and is now Associate Vice President of Finance for the OSU Foundation.
- Larry Walther, who earned his doctoral degree in accounting in 1980 from OSU, is the EY Professor of Accounting and head of the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He also serves at Acting Dean.
- Shane Wharton, 1990 OSU School of Accounting graduate, is Executive Vice President of Accounting and Administration for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Inc.
- Lindsey Callery, who earned her master’s degree in taxation in 2006 from the School of Accounting and is now employed as a tax manager with HoganTaylor, will be honored as the Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient.
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University is piloting a project to offer tutoring via Skype through the Accounting Collaborative for Academic Excellence (ACE) program.
In its third semester, ACE provides tutoring and support to all students enrolled in accounting classes in the Spears School of Business. ACE offers students a place to study, get direct help, and discuss work with others. And because ACE is staffed by some of the top students in the accounting program, they’re able to provide assistance with coursework as well as advice about course sequencing.
Skype is an application that provides video chat and voice call services online. Continue Reading
The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants released the names of its 2016 Trailblazers in conjunction with the March/April special issue of the society’s magazine, CPAFOCUS. Only 20 OSCPA members are selected for the honor each year and half are Oklahoma State University graduates:
- Robert Benson, CPA; an assurance manager with Ernst & Young LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Ashley Cooper, CPA; a tax manager with HoganTaylor, LLP in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Megan Fredrickson, CPA; a director of tax and principal with Jenson & Company, CPAs, P.C. in Edmond, Oklahoma.
- Patrick McFeeters, CPA; a chief financial officer with Innov8ive Software Consultants in Oklahoma City.
- Jacob Pasby, CPA; a controller with Arnold Oil Properties in Oklahoma City.
- Kristine Thompson, CPA; a tax manager with Eide Bailly, LLP in Oklahoma City.
- Wendy Thompson, CPA, CGMA; a manager of transportation accounting with Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores in Oklahoma City.
- Jana Walker, CPA, a partner with FSW&B CPAs-PLLC in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Evan West, CPA; a senior manager in business tax services with Ernst & Young LLP in Tulsa.
- Chris Zach, CPA; a marketing specialist with BKD CPAs & Advisors in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma State University Beta Alpha Psi chapter teamed up with employees from Grant Thornton to teach children about accounting and contributing to their community through a lemonade stand on the Stillwater campus.
Several members of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an accounting student organization in the Spears School of Business and children (age ranges four to 11) from the Oklahoma State Family Resource Center (FRC) recently hosted a lemonade stand, raising $300 for Mission of Hope in Stillwater.
The OSU students taught the children how to count and exchange money and interact with customers while selling lemonade and baked goods to pedestrians on the Stillwater campus. Continue Reading
The Beta Alpha Psi Chapter at Oklahoma State University has been recognized internationally as a Superior Chapter by the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors.
The Spears School of Business was notified by the president of the Beta Alpha Psi that the Chi Chapter and its faculty advisor Monika Turek, instructor in the School of Accounting, were congratulated on their successful efforts during the 2014-2015 academic year.
“We are again pleased that our students and Beta Alpha Psi have been recognized for their efforts. Monika Turek does an amazing job leading Beta Alpha Psi at Oklahoma State and we appreciate her efforts to provide students, alumni, and recruiters opportunities to be part of such a special organization,” said Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. Continue Reading
Charlotte Wright, Anadarko Petroleum Chair in Accounting and Lanny G. Chasteen Professor in the Spears School of Business School of Accounting, has been named a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University.
The position of Regents Professor is the most prestigious position that may be attained in recognition of scholarly accomplishments by faculty on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The position recognizes the few select faculty who have made unique contributions in several areas including research, artistic performance, creativity, teaching, and extension, to note only a few. The Regents Professor must demonstrate a distinguished record of nationally recognized excellence and scholarship in his/her discipline.
“Dr. Wright is our senior faculty member and is world-renowned for her work in financial accounting, particularly with respect to oil and gas accounting,” said Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. Continue Reading
Linda Stone, administrative support specialist II in the School of Accounting at the Spears School of Business, was recently honored by Oklahoma State University with the Phillips 66 Exceptional Service Award.
As the recipient, the 30-year OSU employee was recognized for service to the OSU School of Accounting through her leadership, honor, and commitment.
“Linda is an amazing colleague and has provided exceptional service to School of Accounting students, staff, and faculty since joining us in 2012,” said Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. “I have the pleasure of working with her every day, and I am always impressed with her willingness to stay late, come in early, and go out of her way to make sure things are taken care of every day. She is an example of lifelong dedication to Oklahoma State University, and the School of Accounting is a much better place because of her efforts on our behalf.” Continue Reading
Justin Kanipe recently received a $750 scholarship from the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, courtesy of Robert Cornell, head of Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting.
Cornell was honored June 5 with the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants 2015 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. In conjunction with receiving this award, he is given a scholarship to pass on to a deserving accounting student. Cornell selected Kanipe to be awarded the scholarship.
Kanipe originally thought he wanted a career in the medical field. A student at Tulsa Community College, Kanipe made the switch to Oklahoma State realizing the medical courses he took were not where he saw himself in the future. Kanipe then decided that accounting would be the major for him.
An Oklahoma State University professor was honored with the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants 2015 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award during the society’s 97th Annual Members Meeting on Friday, June 5, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.
Robert M. Cornell, PhD., the head and Wilton T. Anderson chair of the OSU School of Accounting, became the 34th recipient of the prestigious award. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Truman State University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Utah.
Cornell has been an accounting professor at OSU since 2006. In addition to his duties as a professor and department head, Cornell is also the academic integrity coordinator for the OSU School of Accounting, runs the Summer in London Study Abroad Program and serves as the Spears School of Business faculty council representative.
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will honor Jade Walle of Tulsa as the Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni for 2014-15 at the 2015 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on April 23 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Walle is being recognized for his dedicated service to Beta Alpha Psi and his mentorship to the students of the OSU School of Accounting. He has spent the past 19 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Assurance and Global Capital Markets practices in Tulsa, London and Houston, specializing in midstream, master limited partnerships, and exploration and production.
“Jade consistently exceeds our expectations for the dedication and support we hope School of Accounting alumni will provide back to students and faculty,” said Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. “He has had an incredibly successful career both domestically and abroad, and he encourages our students to pursue a similar path.
“We recognize that our success as educators is derived in part due to the partnership we have with our alumni because they are able to provide career opportunities and sound advice to our students. In this regard, Jade Walle is among the very best.”