News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy
Congratulations to all our 2016 graduates — we are proud of you! Mississippi State awarded 136 accounting degrees in 2016, including 97 undergraduate, 28 Master of Public Accountancy and 11 Master of Taxation degrees. Recipients included May 2016 graduates (from left) Lasabre Charleston, Jakaris Byrd, Kendall Cavett, Kelly Cobler and Jarred Cowley.
Once again, ASAC graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. All our spring 2016 master’s candidates – in tax and in public accounting – secured positions prior to completing their degrees.
The Adkerson School of Accountancy has landed near the top of Accounting Degree Review’s 30 Most Affordable Graduate Accounting Programs. Of the 170 schools with AACSB accreditation, Mississippi State ranks 6th. Accounting Degree Review is an independent online resource for students, providing reviews and data-based rankings of degree programs.
Beta Alpha Psi officers this year are (from left) LaCiera Ford-Bass, Alex Phillips, Abigail Poole, Ann-Marie Ory, Elizabeth McCulleen, Katherine Cagle. Not pictured: David Darnell.
A big “thank you” to BKD, which sponsored a paint party October 20 for members of the MSU Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA). The event, held at Jilly Bean’s Pail of Paint in Starkville, gave members a needed mid-semester break and a relaxed opportunity to spend time together – while also flaunting their Bulldog spirit!
Former Academic Coordinator Krystle Dixon received double recognition from the University last spring. She was awarded Mississippi State’s top honor for advising, the Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Award, and the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities presented her with its 2016 Staff Award.
Dr. Clyde Herring, Associate Clinical Professor of Accountancy, was tapped to join the Long Range Planning Committee of the Mississippi Society of CPAs (MSCPA).
Assistant Professor Dr. Brad Lang serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems. He also presented at the 2016 Pre-ICIS Workshop on AIS and had a paper accepted by the Journal of Information Systems entitled “Potential Employees’ Ethical Perceptions of Active Monitoring: The Dark Side of Data Analytics.”
Jan Lewis is the 2016 Alumni Fellow for MSU’s College of Business. The 1985 accounting alumna is a Tax Partner with Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC.
Dr. Shawn Mauldin, ASAC Director, serves as President of the North Central Chapter of the MSCPA. He also serves as Vice Chair of AACSB International’s Accounting Accreditation Committee and leads its Accounting Accreditation Seminar. AACSB is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Spring 2016 MTX graduate Sara McNair earned the second highest score in Mississippi on the FAR section of the CPA Exam.
Alumnus Tyler Morgan, staff accountant with T.E. Lott & Company, received the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal at the 2016 MSCPA Annual Business meeting for his score on the 2015 CPA Exam. The gold, silver and bronze medals recognize the state’s highest scores after successfully passing all four sections without re-examination.
Instructor Angela Pannell has been reappointed to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Education Committee for a fourth term.
Junior Haley Sutton (left) earned the MSCPA’s Undergraduate Scholarship, and Laikyn Starkey received the organization’s Graduate Scholarship.
Beta Alpha Psi members challenged the ASAC faculty to a softball game in the fall. The students came out the victors, though it was a fun and connecting experience for all. This semester, BAP members have also been tutoring on a daily basis, and they co-sponsored the ASAC Career Fair in August.