School of Accounting
Lynley Fox, a senior accounting major at Oklahoma State University, was selected by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to receive one of 43 $10,000 scholarships awarded nationwide.
Charlotte Wright, Professor and Lanny Chasteen Chair of Accounting at the Spears School of Business, nominated Fox for the scholarship. “When we learned that OSU had the opportunity to participate we wanted to nominate the most outstanding student in our PPA (Professional Program in Accounting). Lynley Fox is outstanding not only in the classroom but also as a member of the OSU community,” said Wright.
The School of Accounting in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is proud to announce the additions of three new professors for the 2013-14 school year. Joining the Spears School faculty are Lance Fisher, Leah Muriel and Lela “Kitty” Pumphrey.
“The School of Accounting is thrilled to be able to add such high quality professors to the faculty,” said Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. “All three have earned doctorates in accounting from prestigious institutions and a wealth of wide-ranging professional experience.
“The School of Accounting remains committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate-level education. Each of these professors will make an immediate impact in the classroom and will help in maintaining our reputation for world-class scholarship.”
Kylie Roper grew up in Edmond, Okla., in a house that bled crimson and cream. Her father was an ecstatic University of Oklahoma fan. But when it came time to decide what to do with her life and where to focus her studies, Roper contemplated a decision between OU and Oklahoma State University
After visiting the two schools, Roper said OSU made her feel more at ease and impressed her with its outstanding accounting program.
“I felt so much more at home (at OSU),” Roper said. “They’re both wonderful universities, but this was definitely the place I wanted to come and spend my four years, and call my home away from home.”
OSU embraced Roper with open arms and watched her succeed throughout the next four years. Roper, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, was recently selected to receive one of the most coveted awards given to OSU students.
The Adrian Project, a program developed by the Internal Revenue Service, gives students interested in IRS criminal investigation a chance to try their hand at finding and examining evidence and using surveillance techniques all while working side by side with real IRS agents.
The OSU School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business and Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity are hosting the project.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will honor three outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni during the 2013 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 7, at the Student Union Ballroom.
This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are Ann Bradshaw, an Indirect Tax Partner in the Houston office of Ernst & Young; Robin Dennis, the Chief Financial Officer for BP Russia based in Moscow, and Keith Schwarz, the Managing Partner of the Oklahoma City office of KPMG LLP.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1979 to recognize Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in the profession of accounting, bringing recognition to Oklahoma State University and the School of Accounting. It is dedicated to Dr. Wilton T. Anderson, the founding father of the OSU School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.
The Interns, a team comprised of accounting students in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, captured first place at PwC’s xTREME Games this past week in Washington, D.C.
Team members Mollie Field, Samantha Garrison, Stephanie Giardina, R.J. Parr, Chase Sprueill and faculty advisor Monika Turek traveled to PwC’s national office in D.C. as one of the five final teams competing for the top prize in the xTAX (short for Extreme Tax) category with hopes of winning the coveted Hamilton Award. Continue Reading
The Interns, a team comprised of Oklahoma State University accounting students, are one of the five national finalists headed to PwC’s xTREME Games set for Jan. 25-26 in Washington, D.C.
Team members Mollie Field, Samantha Garrison, Stephanie Giardina, R.J. Parr, and Chase Sprueill participated in PwC’s xTAX competition recently held on OSU’s Stillwater campus.
Each of the six five-member teams was asked to develop a case solution and live video presentation over a two-week period. Students briefly plunged into the environment of the real business world to show their skills as critical thinkers, able collaborators, and persuasive advisors on important business issues.
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting recently received gifts totaling $20,000 from the Halliburton Foundation to help fund scholarships and an annual faculty research award.
A $16,000 donation from the Halliburton Foundation will be used to support eight Halliburton Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) scholarships in the Spears School of Business. Also, a $4,000 gift will support the Halliburton Faculty Research Award given annually to a member of the Spears School faculty.
“Halliburton is a leader in the global energy industry that has been incredibly generous to the School of Accounting for years. We are delighted that Halliburton continues to support the School of Accounting through this scholarship and research funding,” said Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting.
Lacy retired after a distinguished career in which he served as the School of Accounting’s department head (2011-12), the master’s program coordinator (1991-96 and 2010-11), the doctoral program coordinator (1986-91), chair of the OSU Athletics Council (1994-95), and the OSU faculty council (2008-2010). But retirement does not mean he’s slowing down, just that he’s no longer making the drive to the Business Building each day.
The 66-year-old Lacy has plenty to keep him busy after spending the past 40 years in the classroom. He plans to spend 10 days in October on an international build in Nepal as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Upon returning to the United States, Lacy will participate in the Route 66 Marathon, the first 26.2-mile run in Oklahoma he’s competed and the 30th of his running career.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business honored four outstanding graduates as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni. The four were recognized during the 2012 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 19, at the Wes Watkins Center.
This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame were Mark Lewellen, Office Managing Tax Director in the Tulsa office of Deloitte; Barbara A. Ley, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City public accounting firm she founded in 1989; Jim Nickles, honored posthumously after a distinguished career as a CPA, and Mike Pregler, Manager of Facilities Services for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will honor four outstanding graduates as their 2012 Distinguished Alumni. The four will be recognized during the 2012 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 19, at the Wes Watkins Center.
This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are Mark Lewellen, Office Managing Tax Director in the Tulsa office of Deloitte; Barbara A. Ley, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City public accounting firm she founded in 1989; Jim Nickles, honored posthumously after a distinguished career as a CPA, and Mike Pregler, Manager of Facilities Services for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville.
The distinguished alumni award was established in 1979 to recognize OSU School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in the profession of accounting, bringing recognition to Oklahoma State University and the School of Accounting. It is dedicated to Dr. Wilton T. Anderson, the founding father of the OSU School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.
Ashley Leonard remembers Sept. 21, 2007 as if it were yesterday. That’s when she traveled to Oklahoma State University from her home in Artesia, N.M., and experienced the campus for the first time. She was a senior in high school and visiting OSU even though “all of my family went to Texas Tech.”
On the return trip to New Mexico, the senior did something no one else in her family had ever done before – announcing that she would be attending Oklahoma State. Texas Tech’s loss that day was definitely OSU’s gain. Leonard, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, was recently selected to receive many of the most coveted awards given to OSU students.
The 22-year-old was the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Raymond D. Thomas Award, given annually to the top senior in the Spears School of Business. The award is voted on by a faculty committee in the business school and receives a $750 lifetime membership to the OSU Alumni Association.
Even though we spend countless hours in the same room with them, sometimes it’s hard for us to see our professors as real people. They can seem intimidating, and this can make it hard for us to get to know them. Nevertheless, behind the professional facade stands a person as genuine as anyone, with an interesting past, funny quirks, and a family who loves them.
This week we sat down with Robert Cornell, an assistant professor of accounting who has been a member of the OSU family since 2006. Keep reading to learn about Robert’s childhood, secret passions, and exciting family hobbies!
Where did you grow up?
Cornell: I grew up in the greater metropolitan area of Kirksville, Missouri. It’s a town of 20,000 people. My dad was a research scientist, and he studied liver regeneration. You know, once the liver dies it re-grows, and it’s the only organ in the body that does that. So I grew up taking care of lab rats. That was my job, to take care of hundreds and hundreds of lab rats, making sure they had food, water clean cages, etc. My mom is a nurse and teaches nursing. My brother is a chemical engineer, my sister is a microbiologist, and I’m an accountant. So I’m kind of the odd man out, and it’s funny that I chose something in the complete opposite direction of the passion for science that seems to run in the family.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will host the 7th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 11th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference at the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City on Nov. 17-18.
“Over the years, the experts presenting at these conferences have provided an excellent opportunity for Oklahoma accounting professionals to obtain updates as well as hear discussions on industry changes that might be coming in the future,” said Bud Lacy, department head of the OSU School of Accounting. “We have a great slate of speakers scheduled. I really think these may be the best conferences we’ve ever had.”
Aren’t summer college courses supposed to consist of too much homework, dull textbooks, and long, droning lectures? They’re just methods for getting quick, easy college credit, right? Maybe these statements are accurate for some schools, but the Spears School of Business’s School of Accounting is working to radically change the way summer classes are perceived and taught.
Each June, the School of Accounting offers a Practicum in Professional Accounting course for its master’s students. The title of the course is particularly fitting for the class – it is a practical exploration of issues effecting the profession of accounting today. The course is coordinated by a professor in the accounting department, but it is taught by experienced accounting professionals in senior positions at their firms.
Maryanne Mowen, associate professor of accounting, retired from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business on Tuesday, July 5 after 33 years of service.
During her time at OSU, Mowen taught numerous accounting courses to more than 12,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. Her courses varied from cost and managerial accounting to behavioral decision-making, and she has written accounting textbooks that have been translated into multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and Indonesian.
During his time at OSU, Meek developed a reputation for being a master teacher and for being one of the top scholars in the area of international accounting. He focused on developing international accounting as a recognized area of interest in OSU’s School of Accounting, and he said teaching international accounting was his favorite part of working at OSU. In the years since Meek has been at the university, OSU has developed a strong reputation for international accounting not only in the United States but all over the world. Continue Reading
Krystal Krug of Lindsay, Okla., was recently selected as a 2011 Outstanding Senior by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Krug, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, was chosen for her strong academic record, leadership and community involvement.
Though she loved her time at OSU, Krug said she devoted most of her college career to God. She was highly active in OSU’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry and at Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater, Okla.
“Because I chose to put God and His work above my college career, it is a great honor to see that God blessed my obedience,” Krug said. “Because of my decision, I have been invested in deeply by many people throughout my time at OSU. I am striving to and hope to continue to pass that on to others!” Continue Reading
Katie Fuchs of Elk City, Okla., was recently chosen as a Golden Key Award recipient and a 2011 Outstanding Senior by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Fuchs, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, was chosen for her strong academic record, leadership, and campus and community involvement.
“Katie Fuchs is an outstanding student,” said Robert Cornell, assistant professor of accounting in the Spears School. “She excels not only in her scholarship but also in her leadership, service and character. Without question, Katie will stand out as a future leader in her career and in her efforts to improve her community and the state of Oklahoma. I believe Katie exemplifies the type of student scholar we are proud to recognize at Oklahoma State University.” Continue Reading
STILLWATER, Okla. – Allison Lyons of Edmond was recently chosen as a 2011 Outstanding Senior by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Lyons was chosen for her strong academic record, leadership, and campus and community involvement.
“It is truly an honor to win this award,” said Lyons, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and minors in finance and Spanish. “It is a privilege to be recognized by the Spears School of Business because the faculty and staff there have played such an integral role in my success at OSU. I really feel that OSU is like a family.” Continue Reading
STILLWATER, Okla. – Samantha Garrison of Hollis, Okla., was recently chosen as 2011 Outstanding Senior by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Garrison was chosen for her strong academic record, leadership, and campus and community involvement.
“It is very rewarding to be recognized for my scholastic and leadership accomplishments while obtaining my undergraduate degree from OSU,” said Garrison, who will be graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.
While at OSU, Garrison was highly involved in numerous activities. She was vice president of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, treasurer of Beta Gamma Sigma, social chair of the Financial Management Association, and a member of the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Alpha Psi. Garrison volunteered at the Stillwater Humane Society and Stillwater Head Start, and she also participated in countless philanthropic events, including The Big Event, Into the Streets and Relay for Life. Continue Reading
STILLWATER, Okla. – Sarah Johnson of Oklahoma City was recently chosen as a 2011 Outstanding Senior by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. Johnson was chosen for her strong academic record, leadership, and campus and community involvement.
“Being selected as an Outstanding Senior is truly an honor,” said Johnson, who will be graduating this May with honors and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. “This recognition from the Spears School of Business makes all of the grueling hours spent studying over the past four years worth it! I am a proud representative of the School of Accounting, and I know this award means just as much to the many professors, friends and family who have endured this long academic journey with me.” Continue Reading
STILLWATER, Okla. – Though Amalia Deines of Shattuck, Okla., revels in blending into the sea of orange at Oklahoma State University sporting events, she certainly stands out when it comes to her academic and leadership accomplishments. Deines, who will be graduating from OSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in economics, was recently selected for many of the most coveted awards given to OSU students. Continue Reading
Spears School of Business student Eunmi Kim was awarded a $500 Lahoma Scholarship from the OSU Lahoma Club at their February luncheon on Feb. 14 at the OSU Foundation. Kim was one of seven OSU students to receive a scholarship; the other recipients were Kea Beasley, Rhiannon Dennis, Eliska Gauther, Natalie Sydebotham, Austin Terhune and Keisha Williams.
Kim, an accounting/international business major, is originally from Korea, but now calls Iquique, in the Tarapaca region of Chile home. Her long-term goal is to be a proprietor of her own accounting firm, using her tri-lingual skills to focus on Hispanic, Korean and American clients.
Lahoma Club is open to women, who work at or are retired from Oklahoma State University/OSU Foundation or whose spouse works at or is retired from either entity. New members and guests are always welcome to attend Lahoma Club meetings. For more information, contact (405) 372-5024 or visit http://president.okstate.edu/index.php/osu-lahoma-club.
Spears School of Business alumnus Jessie Wagner of Jenks, Okla., was recently honored with the 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This award is a mark of distinction given once a year to the Certified Public Accountant candidates who obtained the 10 highest cumulative scores on all sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.
“In 2009, there were more than 93,000 individuals who took the exam,” said Bud Lacy, an associate professor of accounting in the Spears School and one of Wagner’s former teachers. “Though there were several tied scores and 15 candidates actually received the award, you can do the math if you want to, but – let me tell you – getting one of the ten highest scores is a really big deal!” Continue Reading
Wetzel said he would like to thank his many friends for their love and support.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, his two daughters, Janine and Laura, his sister, LaVergne Malone, of Oakland, Calif., his brother, William, of Portland, Ore., and numerous cousins including Cheryl Adams and Olive Whitley, survives him.
A scholarship fund is being established in lieu of flowers. Call the funeral home for more information at 405-427-8321.
Herrmann joined the OSU accounting faculty in 2005. He earned his doctorate degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University in 1995, his master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1987 and his bachelor’s degree from John Brown University in 1985. Herrmann served on the faculties of Oregon State University and Baylor University and worked as an auditor for Deloitte in Colorado Springs.
Herrmann replaces Don Hansen, who served as OSU School of Accounting head since 2004. Hansen will return to the Spears School faculty as Arthur Anderson professor of accounting and Regents Service professor.“Don Hansen articulated a clear direction for the School of Accounting, held faculty accountable for excellence in all aspects of their careers, enacted policies and provided the resources necessary to be successful,” Crosby said. – Staff report
Mekall Costner doesn’t have to worry about a job when she graduates next December with a masters in accounting.
The 22-year-old already has committed to working for Ernst & Young when she gets out of college. Likewise, most of her friends also have signed for jobs.
The Oklahoma State University student said she is looking forward to doing auditing and external auditing and applying her skills in the corporate world and to working hard.
TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants is proud to award scholarships to deserving undergraduate accounting students or accounting majors who have graduated and are completing the 150-hour requirement to take the CPA exam. Awards given were in honor of member Glenn Solomon, CPA and in memory of Duane Summers, CPA. Scholarship award recipients from OSU for the 2008-2009 academic year include:
- Stephen Todd Vincent, $1,500 to honor Glenn Solomon
- Amanda Carol Dexter, $1,500 to honor Duane Summers
- Andrea Nicole Bailey, $1,000
- Chas Everett Craig, $1,000
- Jillian Leigh Jobe, $750
- Laura Kaitlin Cook, $750
- Madison Lynn Hopkins, $500
- Abbie Elizabeth Field, $500
- Janelle Elizabeth Rogers, $500
- Amanda Michelle Krittenbrink, $500
The Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs is a 650 member organization supporting social, educational and professional endeavors of area CPAs and providing benefits to the community.