News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy

First Grad Student Orientation Held

The first accounting graduate student orientation saw nearly 100 percent attendance by the new class. It provided the opportunity to learn what was ahead, ask questions, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

The Adkerson School of Accountancy held its first graduate student orientation in early June, just before these students in the Master of Accountancy and Master of Taxation programs began their coursework.

“The recommendation for this event came from our Student Advisory Council,” notes ASAC Director Shawn Mauldin. “The response was positive. We were able to cover our expectations of graduate students and to answer any questions they had.”

Students were welcomed by Mauldin and introduced to faculty members, and they heard from ASAC Academic Coordinator Trina Pollan, Cheryl Chamber of MSU’s Speaking Center and Kurtis Williams, a representative of CPA Exam prep company Becker. A panel of very recent graduates shared their own experiences in the programs and how they had begun their careers; some had already begun taking portions of the CPA Exam as well. Later in the day, those selected as graduate assistants participated in a further orientation that acquainted them with their duties and trained them in the recording of online classes.