Brian Lendecky Receives Outstanding Accounting Educator Award
Senior Lecturer Brian Lendecky was named a 2014 recipient of the Texas Society of CPAs' (TSCPA) Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. The award is given to Texans who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession.
Lendecky was recognized not only for his work to develop the award-winning service course, the Tax Practicum—Federal Taxation of Low-Income Filers, but also the time he's given to students as a faculty advisor for the PriceWaterhouseCoopers xACT and xTAX case competitions and teaching classes for study abroad.
We are extremely proud of Brian and congratulate him on this honor.
ELFA Announces John Bober to Receive 2014 Distinguished Service Award
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has selected John Bober, Global Technical Controller for GE Capital, to receive its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association and the equipment finance industry. Bober will be formally recognized during a ceremony at ELFA’s 53rd Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., in October.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has selected John Bober, Global Technical Controller for GE Capital, to receive its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association and the equipment finance industry. Bober will be formally recognized during a ceremony at ELFA’s 53rd Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., in October.
“John Bober has played an instrumental role in representing the equipment finance industry in the decade-long effort to create a new lease-accounting standard,” said ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE. “John’s tireless work on this issue has been essential to the success of our association’s advocacy and outreach activities. We are thrilled to present him with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding contributions.”
“Being honored by your peers is a humbling experience, especially when you recognize your efforts have been supported by the ELFA membership and the staff,” said Bober. “The accomplishments I am being honored for would not have been possible if not for the active engagement and support of the membership and the Financial Accounting Committee, which has been a great vehicle for the sharing of ideas and for the analysis of the lease accounting proposals.”
Bober has been a major contributor to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)’s lease accounting project for a number of years. He is an active member of ELFA’s Financial Accounting Committee, as well as the association’s technical advisory group, which has been instrumental in analyzing issues related to the lease accounting project, providing input to the IASB, FASB and staff regarding the impact of these issues on the industry, and communicating to ELFA members.
In addition, Bober is a member of the joint FASB and IASB international working group on lease accounting, and he currently chairs the Accounting Committee of the Aviation Working Group and the Financial Executives International leases working group. He also has served on working groups of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Accounting Standards Executive Committee (now known as the Financial Reporting Executive Committee).
Bober has a B.A. in history from Tulane University. He also holds an M.P.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the McCombs School of Business BBA-MPA Alumni Advisory Board and the Department of Accounting Advisory Council.
Swimmers Nominated for Academic All-Big 12 Team
Congratulations to MPA 4th-year Charles Moore and 3rd-year Grant Rogers for their nominations to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team. This is the third time for Charles to receive this nomination and the second for Grant.
Texas landed a league-leading 14 student-athletes on the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Conference Team, the league announced Tuesday. Texas placed 12 student-athletes on the first team and two on the second team. Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services, the men's swimming and diving Academic All-Big 12 Team consists of 24 first-team members and seven second-team selections. First-team honorees have maintained a minimum 3.20 grade-point average, while second-team members have maintained a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
Texas MPA Program Ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report
For the eighth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report (USN) ranked the Texas Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program the #1 graduate accounting program in the nation. This marks 22 years accounting has ranked in the top five of the USN's survey of best graduate schools.
Congratulations to our department and the MPA team for all their hard work to achieve this impressive run!
Michael Clement Paper Selected for Special Recognition
"Inside the "Black Box" of Sell-Side Financial Analysts," by Michael Clement, Lawrence D. Brown, Andrew Call, and Nathan Sharp was selected as a finalist in the competition for the inaugural FARS Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award. Although another paper was selected as the winner, the selection committee, which includes Brian Bushee, Shuping Chen, Darren Roulstone, and Cathy Schrand, was impressed by the high quality of his paper and decided that the paper merited special recognition as a finalist in the competition.
Congratulations Professor Clement on this prestigious honor!
Laura Wang Accepts Faculty Offer
We are happy to announce that doctoral student Laura Wang accepted an offer to join the faculty at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Christopher Yust Awarded 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting
Accounting doctoral student, Christopher Yust was selected to receive the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting. Up to 10 students are chosen each year for the $25,000 award that is given to top accounting doctoral students planning to pursue academic careers upon graduation. The award is intended to help cover expenses during the final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their dissertation. Approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the Fellowship, with the accounting faculty nominating the students.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Chris, who has truly distinguished himself by outstanding achievements in research and teaching,” said Associate Professor of Accounting Yong Yu, Christopher’s graduate advisor. “I am very proud of Chris and so happy to see his hard work, dedication and passion recognized through this award."
Christopher earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the program, he worked as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Transaction Services group in New York City and as a Postgraduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Christopher’s primary research interests are financial accounting and reporting issues by banks and other financial institutions.