School of Accounting

OSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter helps youth
donate funds to Stillwater’s Mission of Hope

Dollie Elliott
  (March 4, 2016 at 12:13 pm)
Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi advisor Monika Turek (far right) and youth from the OSU Family Resource Center gather after donating funds they raised through a lemonade stand and bake sale to the Misson of Hope homeless shelter.

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

OSU Beta Alpha Psi Chapter recognized
internationally as a Superior Chapter

Dollie Elliott
  (October 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm)
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Oklahoma State Beta Alpha Psi Chi Chapter

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

OSU alums Tim DuBois, Neal Patterson
receive AACSB Influential Leaders Award

Terry Tush
  (September 22, 2015 at 8:02 am)

AACSB International logo(STILLWATER, OKLA. Sept. 22, 2015) – A pair of Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business graduates – Tim DuBois and Neal Patterson – are being recognized today by AACSB International (AACSB), the oldest and best-known global accrediting body and membership association for business schools,, as two of the first-ever 100 AACSB Influential Leaders.

The work of DuBois and Patterson exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that OSU graduates display around the world and every day – whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

“We are very pleased to have Tim and Neal receive this award. Tim has been a leader in the music industry for a number of years, and Neal and Cerner are leaders in the medical technology industry,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “Their success is a great example of what can be accomplished with an OSU education. We in the Spears School are honored and proud to be the only business school in the state to have graduates selected to be recognized as Influential Leaders by the AACSB.”

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Spears School’s Charlotte Wright named
Oklahoma State Regents Professor

Dollie Elliott
  (August 28, 2015 at 11:11 am)
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Charlotte Wright

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

Spears School’s Linda Stone honored by OSU
with the Phillips 66 Exceptional Service Award

Dollie Elliott
  (August 18, 2015 at 10:46 am)
Linda Stone

Linda Stone

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

Spears accounting student Justin Kanipe
recipient of $750 OSCPA scholarship

Rachel Peters
  (June 29, 2015 at 10:00 am)
Justin Kanipe receives scholarship.

Spears School of Accounting student Justin Kanipe receives a $750 scholarship from OSCPA.

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.

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Spears School’s Robert Cornell honored with
2015 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Spears School News Staff
  (June 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm)
Bob Cornell accepts OSCPA award.

Robert Cornell accepts congratulations from Dana Curtis Milligan after receiving the 2015 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award at the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants Annual Meeting.

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.

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OSU School of Accounting to honor Jade Walle
as Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni

Terry Tush
  (February 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm)
Jade Walle

Jade Walle

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.”

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OSU’s School of Accounting will honor four
as 2015 Distinguished Alumni on April 23

Terry Tush
  (February 11, 2015 at 8:44 am)

Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards BanquetOklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will honor four outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni during the 2015 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on April 23 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are:

  • Tom Coburn, 1970 OSU School of Accounting graduate who was a longtime U.S. Congressman, serving in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 and the U.S. Senate from Jan. 3, 2005 to Jan. 3, 2015.
  • Martha Eining, who is the Director of the School of Accounting at the University of Utah. She received a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State in accounting in 1987.
  • Dan Gilliam, 1979 OSU School of Accounting graduate who is the internal audit manager for Phillips 66 in Houston.
  • John Meinders, 1987 OSU graduate who earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and computer science. He is audit partner and head of the energy practice office for Grant Thornton in Tulsa.

Robert Cornell, the head of the School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business, is proud to recognize the four graduates at this year’s banquet.
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OSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter provides gifts
for 75 children, families in the Stillwater area

Terry Tush
  (December 15, 2014 at 11:49 am)
Angel Tree recipient

The Beta Alpha Psi chapter at Oklahoma State University recently provided gifts to 75 children and families in the Stillwater area.

The Beta Alpha Psi chapter at Oklahoma State University provided gifts this month for 75 children in the Stillwater area who may not have otherwise been able to celebrate the holidays.

Receiving the gifts through the Angel Tree program were children from the OSU Family Resource Center and several other families in the Stillwater area. The gifts were provided by students and faculty in OSU’s Spears School of Business, and with donated funds from Beta Alpha Psi’s Turning Tables events this fall.

The OSU chapter was able to raise the funds with the assistance of several donors, including BKD, Cole & Reed (now McGladrey), Deloitte, Eide Bailly, ExxonMobil, EY, Grant Thornton, Halliburton, HoganTaylor, Koch, KMPG, Love’s, Phillips 66, PwC, and Stinnett & Associates.
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Several OSU students compete in the PwC Tax Challenge on campus

Dollie Elliott
  (November 14, 2014 at 8:38 am)
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From left, the winning team of Max Bolt, Hunter Brennen, Brittney Newer and Madeline Engel hope to represent OSU at the national PwC Tax Challenge in Washington, D.C., in January.

Seven student teams participated in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge at Oklahoma State University last Friday. The PwC Tax Challenge competition encourages students to think creatively about accounting and tax concepts while working on their research, teamwork, and communication skills.

Students are divided into diverse teams of four or five and have two weeks to examine a hypothetical case, envision a solution, and then unveil a 12-minute presentation to actual PwC executives. This year the assigned case involved the tax treatment of virtual currency similar to bitcoin.

OSU’s winning team, Die Buchhalter, made up of Madeline Engel, Brittney Newer, Hunter Brennan, and Max Bolt, will have a video of its presentation sent to the national office of PwC for a chance to be one of five teams from across the nation earning a trip to Washington, D.C., in January. Die Buchhalter members received cash prizes for winning first place and every participant received an iTunes gift card for their participation.

“We are pleased that PwC continues to engage with our students through the PwC Challenge. We appreciate the opportunity this provides students to interact with each other and experience accounting professionals while developing important critical thinking and presentation skills,” said Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting at OSU.

“I couldn’t be more proud of all the teams participating. We had seven teams with seven unique solutions. The judges really struggled in determining the winner this year and that is a great problem to have. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we have really outstanding students in the School of Accounting,” said Monika Turek, instructor for taxation at the Spears School of Business.

“The challenge was a great chance to work with classmates on an interesting topic and learn a lot. It was an awesome way to gain experience while competing against other really tough competition,” said Brennan.

“Each team was organized and well prepared,” said Jade Walle, PwC Partner. “I was most impressed however with how the teams seemed to gel so quickly, each of them exhibiting tremendous teamwork and camaraderie as they delivered their high quality presentations to our panel of PwC partners. I’m hopeful and confident that our winning OSU team will be invited to compete, as one of five finalists, in our PwC national competition in January 2015.”

OSU will host 14th annual Accounting and
Financial Reporting Conference in Tulsa

Spears School News Staff
  (November 11, 2014 at 11:23 am)

School of AccountingThe School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 14th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa.

The conference is endorsed by Financial Executives International (FEI). The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with participants receiving eight hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.

This conference brings together nationally recognized experts from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), as well as a number of corporate finance executives and public accounting professionals to discuss current issues in the field of accounting and finance.

Charlotte Wright, professor and Anadarko Petroleum Chair in Accounting in OSU’s Spears School of Business, and Robert Cornell, department head and Wilton T. Anderson Chair in the School of Accounting, are coordinating the conference in conjunction with the 10th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 20 at the Hyatt Regency.
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OSU to host 10th annual Oil and Gas
Accounting Conference in Tulsa

Spears School News Staff
  (November 11, 2014 at 11:23 am)

School of AccountingThe School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 10th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 20 in Tulsa.

The conference will be held from 1-5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa. Conference participants can earn four hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.

This conference brings together nationally recognized experts from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the American Petroleum Institute (API), corporate finance executives, and professional accountants to discuss current issues related to oil and gas accounting. The conference is offered in cooperation with the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS).

Charlotte Wright, professor and Anadarko Petroleum Chair in Accounting in OSU’s Spears School of Business, and Robert Cornell, department head and Wilton T. Anderson Chair in the School of Accounting, are coordinating the conference offered in conjunction with the 14th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 21 at the Hyatt Regency.
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Oklahoma State University business school
to recognize alums during 100th anniversary

Terry Tush
  (October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Spears School's 100th logoThe Spears School of Business faculty, students, staff and alumni are looking forward with great anticipation to the culminating event as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of business education at Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School Tributes: 100 For 100 reception and dinner will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The school is recognizing graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. These tributes represent a rich history and diversity of experience among those who have earned business degrees from OSU over the past 100 years.

“We are proud to celebrate some of the more than 43,000 graduates since the school was founded in 1914,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The Tributes represent the diversity of our graduates. These honorees are from various backgrounds, ages and occupations. Each has an inspiring story to tell, and we are proud to have them as part of the Spears School family.”
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OSU School of Accounting programs ranked
among top 15 in annual professors survey

Terry Tush
  (September 10, 2014 at 9:37 am)

School of Accounting logoOklahoma State University’s School of Accounting has been recognized as one of the best in the nation in the rankings of those schools with 15 or fewer full-time faculty.

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business is tied for 13th in the Top 25 Undergraduate Rankings in the Public Accounting Report 33rd Annual Professors Survey – 2014, and OSU’s master’s program in accounting ranks 10th. It is the nation’s only survey that allows accounting professors to rank the nation’s best accounting programs.

The OSU School of Accounting is one of only eight in the nation recognized as being in the top 15 in both the undergraduate and master’s rankings by accounting professors across the United States. Continue Reading

New faculty join OSU’s School of Accounting

Terry Tush
  (June 25, 2014 at 9:49 am)
Dan Eshleman

Dan Eshleman

The School of Accounting in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business welcomes two new professors for the 2014-15 school year. Joining the Spears School faculty are Dan Eshleman and Scott White.

“The School of Accounting is very excited to be able to recruit such high quality professors to the faculty,” said Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. “Both Dan and Scott have earned doctoral degrees in accounting from prestigious institutions and have a wealth of wide-ranging teaching and professional experience.

“The School of Accounting continues its commitment to assuring that all of our students receive a world-class education. Both of these professors will make immediate contributions in the classroom and will help in maintaining our reputation for high-quality scholarship.”
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Accounting graduate Lindsey Goedecke
receives scholarship for graduate studies

Spears School News Staff
  (June 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm)
Lindsey Goedecke

Lindsey Goedecke

Lindsey Goedecke, a recent Spears School of Business accounting graduate who will pursue her master’s degree in accounting in 2014-15, is the recipient of one of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board scholarships awarded each year.

Goedecke will receive a $10,000 scholarship to use toward her graduate studies.

“To be nominated for the PCAOB scholarship by professors whom I respect, admire, and strive to learn from is astonishing,” Goedecke said. “Furthermore, it is a great honor to receive this scholarship and with it comes the responsibility to excel in coursework, leadership activities, and exhibit strong ethical values.

“I feel blessed to have the ability to complete my master’s degree without student loan debt; it is a phenomenal gift. Additionally, I am thankful that my mother and father will no longer feel a financial obligation to contribute financially to my higher education, especially as my undergraduate scholarships have expired,” said Goedecke, from Okmulgee, Okla.
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Lynley Fox is the recipient of this year’s
prestigious Raymond D. Thomas Award

Dollie Elliott
  (April 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm)
Lynley Fox

Lynley Fox

Lynley Fox, a senior accounting major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Raymond D. Thomas Award, given annually to the top senior in the Spears School of Business. Each year, a faculty committee in the business school votes who will receive the award and the $750 lifetime membership to the OSU Alumni Association.

“I am so honored to receive this award,” Fox said. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing or working with most of the students recognized as outstanding seniors, and they are all truly deserving. I’ve always felt like I had the most stellar peers on campus. I’m so grateful for an amazing group of faculty, staff, and students that have made a difference in the Spears School and in my own life.”

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Two Spears School seniors recognized
as 2014 Outstanding Seniors

Spears School News Staff
  (March 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm)
Callie Heerwagen

Callie Heerwagen

Two seniors from the Spears School of Business have been named 2014 Outstanding Seniors by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.

The Spears School of Business Outstanding Seniors with their hometowns and majors are:
Jana Gregory, Edmond, Okla., accounting
Callie Lynn Heerwagen, Edmond, Okla., finance

Jana Gregory

Jana Gregory

Fifteen seniors were chosen to receive the award by the OSU Alumni Association Student Awards and Selection Committee after it met with the 47 Seniors of Significance selected in the fall of 2013 and reviewed their applications.

A public banquet honoring the Outstanding Seniors will be held April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Tickets may be purchased online at orangeconnection.org/osdinner or by calling 405.744.8837.

For more information about the OSU Alumni Association’s student awards program, visit orangeconnection.org/awards or contact Melisa Parkerson at 405.744.8711.

School of Accounting will induct three
into Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame

Taryn Trujillo
  (February 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will celebrate three exceptional graduates as Distinguished Alumni at the 2014 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 17.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in professional and academic accounting. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to Wilton T. Anderson, who is considered the founding father of OSU’s School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.

This year’s inductees into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame are Vickie Carr, Partner with Deloitte’s Tax practice in Dallas; Mike Keys, Partner with KPMG’s Audit practice in Denver, and Alan Tye, retired ExxonMobil executive.

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OSU’s School of Accounting is ranked No. 4
in undergrad programs with 15 or fewer faculty

Spears School News Staff
  (December 2, 2013 at 9:10 am)

School of Accounting logoOklahoma State University’s School of Accounting has been recognized as the fourth best undergraduate program in the nation in the rankings of those schools with 15 or fewer full-time faculty.

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business is number four in the Public Accounting Report 32nd Annual Professors Survey – 2013. It is the nation’s only survey that allows accounting professors to rank the nation’s best accounting programs.

Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting, is pleased that professors from across the United States recognize that Oklahoma State is producing the type of accountants that firms want to hire.

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OSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter
raises funds for new playground

Taryn Trujillo
  (October 30, 2013 at 11:50 am)
Presenting the check to the OSU Family Resources Center

Members of Beta Alpha Psi and others present a $4,000 check to the OSU Family Resources Center.

The Oklahoma State University Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) organization in the Spears School of Business successfully raised more than $4,000 to help the OSU Family Resource Center build a new playground.

The OSU Family Resources Center is in the process of building seven playgrounds. The $4,000 will greatly help the project.

BAP hosted the Turning Tables fundraising banquet in August to raise money. The organization paid for the banquet while 100 percent of the money paid by firms went to the OSU Family Resource Center. The recruiters that donated to the project included several public accounting firms and other companies within the region. Funds were also raised through BAP’s Golf Scramble event.

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Pair of teams capture top honors
in PwC Challenge competition

Taryn Trujillo
  (October 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm)
Team Bad Assets

Team Bad Assets includes Beau Fraley, Molly Robben, Brett Humphrey, Brittney Pugh and Megan Montgomery.

The Spears School of Business recently hosted the PwC Challenge competition at Oklahoma State University for the second year. A total of 10 teams and 44 students competed for two prizes of $1,000.

The PwC Challenge is a preliminary competition to select a team that could represent OSU in the national competition in Washington, D.C., in January.

The participants had two weeks to determine a solution to a tax case they were given on Sept. 26. They presented their results to a panel of PwC judges on Oct. 10.

The team Bad Assets won first place with a $1,000 prize and a chance to be considered for the national competition. Team members include Beau Fraley, Molly Robben, Brett Humphrey, Brittney Pugh and Megan Montgomery.

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OSU will host 13th annual Accounting and Financial
Reporting Conference in Tulsa on Nov. 15

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm)
Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright

The Spears School of Business School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 13th annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 in at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa. The corporate sponsors of the conference include Opportune (Platinum sponsor), BKD CPAs and Advisors (Gold sponsor), and Deloitte (Silver sponsor).

The conference is offered in cooperation with Financial Executives International. Participants receive eight hours of CPE credit including one hour of ethics.

These conferences bring together nationally recognized experts from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), as well as a number of corporate finance executives and public accounting professionals to discuss current issues in the field of accounting and finance.

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Oil and Gas Accounting Conference
scheduled for Nov. 14 in Tulsa

Krysta Gilbert
  (October 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm)

School of Accounting logoThe Spears School of Business School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will host the 9th annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference on Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. The sponsors of the conference are Opportune (Platinum sponsor) and Gold sponsors BKD CPAs and Advisors, Deloitte, and Wilsey Meyer Eatmon Tate PLLC. The conference is also offered in cooperation with the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS).

This conference brings together nationally recognized experts from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the American Petroleum Institute (API), corporate finance executives, and professional accountants to discuss current issues related to oil and gas accounting.

Charlotte Wright, Lanny G. Chasteen Chair and Professor in the School of Accounting, and Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting and Anadarko Petroleum Chair, are coordinating the conference.

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OSU students, Spears School staff
member receive top honors at PBL

Dollie Elliott
  (July 8, 2013 at 10:14 am)
PBL 1st Place Award - Jerry A Powers

Oklahoma State University senior Jerry Powers receives the first-place trophy in the Small Business Management Plan competition at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference for his company predictREI, a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors.

Oklahoma State University students Jerry Powers, Megan Melot and Aaron Barker, along with Spears School of Business academic counselor Sarah Chabinak were the recipients of various honors at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., last month.

The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth.

Powers, a senior marketing major at OSU, captured first place in the Small Business Management Plan competition for his company, predictREI Systems, developing a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors.

Powers submitted a 30-page business plan in early March to be judged prior to his oral presentation at the FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference held in April. He placed first on the state level before going on to the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Competition in Anaheim.

The grueling two-day completion included three oral presentations, question-and-answer sessions and formidable competition with one competitor having previous success in pitching her business on the national television’s “The Shark Tank.”

Oklahoma State University students Megan Melot (left), accounting major, places second in the Future Business Executive competition and was elected PBL National Treasurer with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker (right), general business major, at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.

Oklahoma State University students Megan Melot (left), accounting major, places second in the Future Business Executive competition and was elected PBL National Treasurer with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker (right), general business major, at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference.

Melot, an accounting major, received national recognition at the FBLA-PBL Awards of Excellence. She competed in the Future Business Executive competition and brought home a second-place award. Melot was also elected PBL National Treasurer for the coming year with the help of her campaign manager, Aaron Barker, a general business major.

Chabinak, Spears School academic counselor, OSU local chapter adviser and FBLA-PBL Professional Division member, also placed third in Business Law in Today’s World, a professional division open event.

Powers is the sole member of his company predictREI Systems, developing a software program that predicts the potential return on properties for real estate investors. The project has been four years in the making. He has combined complex analysis with seven different methods to save investors valuable time with the potential to create $5,000 to $100,000 or more in profit.

During the final round of the competition, Powers delivered a seven-minute presentation followed by a three-minute Q&A to capture first place, a trophy and a $500 cash-prize.

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Sarah Chabinak, Spears School academic counselor, OSU local chapter adviser and FBLA-PBL Professional Division member, also placed third in Business Law in Today’s World, a professional division open event.

“The experience on stage was surreal – I hardly heard the crowd and I was in disbelief that I had won against such talented competition from across the nation. Knowing that I had won gave me the confidence to know that I had a viable business opportunity that has been scrutinized and endorsed by knowledgeable judges from four business plan competitions,” said Powers.

Almost four years ago, Jerry Powers decided to attend OSU after being attracted to the entrepreneurship program in the Spears School of Business.

“I decided to come to OSU when I decided that a marketing degree from OSU would allow me to either secure a high position with a home-building firm or allow me to start my own company,” said Powers.

After a 20-year career in the home building industry, the 49-year-old found himself jobless after his employer was forced to close their business during the housing crisis. Powers decided to mold his passion for home building into a career in real estate. His research led him to develop software for personal use but when several investors began inquiring about it at a Tulsa County property auction, he decided to rethink its use.

“When they expressed an interest in having a copy of the software I decided there might be a business opportunity,” said Powers, who spent the next four years developing the software for mass appeal.

Powers credits several OSU professors for their guidance including Xiang Fang, associate professor of marketing; Tracy Suter, associate professor of marketing; Michael H. Morris, professor and N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship, and Richard Gajan, Carl Thoma Distinguished Clinical Professor in Entrepreneurship.

“When I learned that I had won the PLB competition, I felt so appreciative of all of the professors/mentors that helped me get there. They gave of their time, knowledge and experience so generously that I knew I could not have achieved success without my professors and project team members in my classes at OSU,” said Powers.

Powers refined his business plan in the Business Plan Laboratory class during the 2013 spring semester in preparation for the OSU Business Plan Competition.

“Jerry is a great example of entrepreneurial drive that gives us in the Spears School of Business such pride. After placing fourth in the Riata Business Plan competition, Jerry took input from the judges and other advisors to hone his pitch for the PBL competition and it showed. He earned that first place finish in nationals,” said Gajan.

Powers also competed in the Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition, advancing to the semifinals and earning a $5,000 scholarship to fund his final semester this fall at OSU.

Powers is currently making final enhancements to the software and plans to release the beta test version this month. Once he receives venture capital or generates enough revenue he plans to hire a software engineer and a sales manager. “By year five, I project generating over $30 million in revenue and employ over 30 people,” said Powers, who has plans to develop additional products and services directed toward supporting real estate investors.

To find out more information about his venture, visit http://www.predictREI.com.

OSU student Lynley Fox receives
$10,000 scholarship from PCAOB

Dollie Elliott
  (June 12, 2013 at 10:51 am)
Lynley Fox

Lynley Fox

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.

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Three join OSU’s School of Accounting

Spears School News Staff
  (May 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm)

accounting copyThe 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.”

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Kylie Roper receives Raymond D. Thomas Award,
several other prestigious honors from OSU

Spears School News Staff
  (April 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm)
Kylie Roper

Kylie Roper

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.

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OSU accounting students to experience
IRS Criminal Investigation through simulation

Dollie Elliott
  (March 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm)

The Adrian ProjectThe Oklahoma State University Student Union will be the scene of a criminal investigation later this week, a simulated one that is. 

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. 

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