School of Accounting
Top row: Gonzalo Morillas, Gage Calhoon, Claudio Ferrer and Darcy Worth. Bottom row: Alexis Miller, Hammons Hepner, Nathan Herrmann, Erin Hart.
Eight Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2017-2018 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, while bringing distinction to OSU. The eight Spears Business students are among 48 winners campus-wide.
The Spears School of Business Seniors of Significance, with their hometown and major:
- Gage Calhoon, Finance, Tulsa
- Claudio Ferrer, Economics and Finance, Enid
- Erin Hart, Marketing, Edmond
- Hammons Hepner, Agricultural Economics and Finance, Freedom
- Nathan Herrmann, Accounting, Stillwater
- Alexis Miller, Management Information Systems and Management, Aurora, Colo.
- Gonzalo Morillas, Finance and Marketing, Lima, Peru
- Darcy Worth, Management and Marketing, Tahlequah
A group of Spears School of Business accounting students accepted a challenge, and a significant challenge it was, with the name Deloitte attached as confirmation.
Challenge accepted and answered, quite well, with a top-four regional finish at the Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, a nationally-driven program hosted by Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group and the Deloitte Foundation, focused on accelerating innovation in education by helping institutions of higher learning keep pace with the changing marketplace and evolving technologies.
Six Oklahoma State University students – Sarah Sidener, Emory Van Vorhis, Mackenzie Rychlik, Nate Abebe, James Olmstead and Cameron Cremin – traveled to Atlanta Nov. 13th and 14th, competing in the audit-based Challenge through presentation and a question-and-answer segment. Earl Stone, an audit partner from Deloitte’s Oklahoma City office, also traveled with the OSU team and provided insight and encouragement as they participated in the event.
Oklahoma State University’s George Krull was honored Sunday with the Gold Medal Award of Distinction by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) at the Fall Council and Annual Members’ Meeting in San Antonio.
Krull was named this summer as interim head of the OSU School of Accounting, and he also assists Eddy Ditzler in teaching the Financial Accounting Research seminar.
Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.
“Dr. Krull is very deserving of this award as he has distinguished himself in all aspects of the accounting profession,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “He has done so much to improve accounting in the academic and professional realms. We are very pleased he received this award and we are honored to have him back working with us.”
Twenty students have been selected as the Top 10 Freshmen Men and Top 10 Freshmen Women at Oklahoma State University for the 2017-2018 academic year, and five of those students are from the Spears School of Business.
Jacob Swanson, entrepreneurship and management major; Brent Cunningham, accounting; Corey Collins, business management, and Coleman Bourke, business, were selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Men while Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major, was selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Women.
Swanson is the son of Chris and Ashley Swanson and grew up in Cache, Okla. He is the vice-president of the E-Club, serves as the Homecoming chair for the Business Student Council, is a part of the Student Alumni Board and the Chaplain of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at OSU. Continue Reading
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will be hosting the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 16-17 in Tulsa.
“The School of Accounting is thrilled to bring these industry experts to Oklahoma and the accounting and business community,” said George Krull, interim head of the School of Accounting. “These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn and network with other professionals who are facing the same issues.”
This conference is for all professionals involved in accounting and financial reporting. Attendees will earn five CPE credits by attending the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and eight CPE credits including two hours of ethics by attending the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference.
“I’m excited by all of the excellent information that these national industry experts will be bringing to the conference,” said Dan Gillam, Oil and Gas Accounting Conference chair and moderator. “Conference attendees will learn technical and invaluable information on pertinent issues related to the current conditions of the industry.” Continue Reading
Seven outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board Honor Society for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students who received this honor were selected based on scholarship, community service, campus involvement and leadership during their freshmen year. The seven Spears Business students will join 13 other OSU freshmen being honored at OSU president Burns Hargis’s home Sept. 26.
The students are:
- Madeline Betts, management and marketing major from Calumet, Okla.
- Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major from Stillwater
- Coleman Bourke, business major from Tulsa
- Corey Collins, business management major from Piedmont, Okla.
- Brent Cunningham, accounting and finance major from Bartlesville
- Hunter Perdue, marketing major from Yukon, Okla.
- Jacob Swanson, business entrepreneurship and business marketing from Lawton, Okla.
The Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board selected students through an extensive interview process and will narrow the Top 20 Freshmen down to the Top 10 Freshman Oct. 2.
Rain or shine, a mile or 10 miles, neither element nor distance can slow down Nathan Herrmann. The accounting student at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business knows all about determination. He runs 40 to 50 miles a week in his free time.
“It’s the sort of sport where you set a goal, sometimes months away, and you plan your training accordingly,” said Herrmann. “It’s something you have to go out for six or seven days a week to make it a possibility.”
It’s in Herrmann’s nature to commit to a long-term goal and achieve it. His career and education aspirations are no different. He is currently in the Spears Business Professional Program in Accounting, which allows students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in five years. His favorite thing about accounting is the way that everything fits together, neat and organized.
His passion for accounting was influenced by his father, Don Herrmann, long-time OSU accounting professor, who has always referred to accounting as the “language of the business world.”
“People assume, oh you love math; it’s like, not really. You don’t need anything past Algebra. You do need to understand how things relate to one another and how to organize things to get info to people in a concise manner,” Herrmann said. Continue Reading
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 2016-2017 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.