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Who We Are

Traditional, Integrated and Econ-MPAs come together to network and create a sense of community within the MPA program. As a group we hope to instill a sense of unity and support for all MPA students. Through social events and community outreach we strive to not only be better students but create values and practices we can carry with us throughout our careers.

Mission

The mission of the MPA Council is to unite and build camaraderie between all MPA students through academic achievement, professional development, service to the community, and social engagement while upholding the environment, values, and integrity of the MPA Program, the most highly regarded accounting program in the nation.

Membership

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in the MPA program and actively take courses toward the MPA degree. Membership dues will be at the discretion of the Executive Board. The decision will take into account the financial state of MPAC.  

Our Foundation

Academic Achievement & Professional Development

Texas MPA students seek excellence both in the classroom and in the workplace. Academic Achievement entails devotion to studying, research, and discipline, knowing that skills and habits learned at the University of Texas will be carried over post-graduation. Professional Development encompasses both nuance and ethics. Successful professionals have great interpersonal skills, panache and ambition. Successful professionals also maintain their integrity and do not allow their desires to overcome their ethics.

Service to the Community MPAC Bastrop Volunteers

Texas MPA students are leaders in the McCombs School of Business and the University of Texas, and they will continue to be leaders in the professional sphere. Because of this, it is imperative that MPA students be proactive, set the example, and take the lead in giving back to the community. By utilizing our roles as leaders and taking the initiative, we strive to help others by the giving back with our time and talents.

Recent service include: Bastrop fire, LiveSTRONG, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots.

Social Engagement

The Texas MPA Program is vigorous, and as students progress through it, bonds are made and relationships are formed. As students strive for academic achievement, professional development, and service opportunities, an anticipated outcome is a vibrant community among MPA students. The camaraderie that is formed through these experiences contributes to student life and will enhance the professional world after graduation. Scavenger Hunt at the CapitalScavenger Hunt Celebration

Our Leaders

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Esteemed MPA Council Speakers

Esteemed MPA Council Speakers are talk about their insights, experiences, and perspectives. Speakers’ topics are not limited to merely “accounting”; rather, speakers engage members on a variety of topics, such as policy, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal skills.

 

 

Paul Foster

 

Paul Foster
Western Refining, UT Regent, UTIMCO
April 11, 2012

The MPA Council is honored to have Paul Foster as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Foster is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Western Refining (#298 on the 2011 Fortune 500), is the Vice Chairman of the UT Board of Regents, and is the Chairman of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) Board of Directors. Mr. Foster received his degree in accounting from Baylor and is a CPA.

 

Catherine Cook

 

Catherine Cook
myYearbook
April 4, 2012

The MPA Council is delighted to have Catherine Cook as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Ms. Cook is the founder of myYearbook and is considered one of the top entrepreneurs under 30-years-old by Under30CEO and Inc.

 

Valerie Sokolosky

 

Valerie Sokolosky
Valerie & Company
November 17, 2011

The MPA Council is excited to have Valerie Sokolosky as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Ms. Sokolosky is the President of Valerie & Company based out of Dallas. Valerie & Company specializes in leadership development by providing essential skill-building programs, executive coaching, and consulting to summon the full potential of professional executives. Valerie & Company consults Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations, including three of the Big Four. She can be followed on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriesokolosky or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/valsokolosky



 

Tristan Mace

 

Tristan Mace
ParkerMace, Want Me Get Me
November 2, 2011

The MPA Council is delighted to have Tristan Mace as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Mace is the co-founder of Want Me Get Me. Mr. Mace began creating campaigns at the age of 14 and has worked with several large organizations' marketing strategies, including the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly with ParkerMace, he is now working with The Brandman Agency. Follow his blog!

 

Urton Anderson

 

Urton Anderson
University of Texas, Securities Exchange Commission
October 6, 2011

The MPA Council is excited to have Urton Anderson as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Anderson is currently the Academic Accounting Fellow for the SEC.  This means that he serves as the primary advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing and acts as a research resource to the SEC staff.  Mr. Anderson is also the Former Department Chair of Accounting at McCombs.  His research has addressed a number of topics in external and internal auditing, including auditor judgment, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management, and internal control.  He has twice served as the Chair of the Internal Auditing Standards Board.  He received the Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award in 2006 for his contributions to the internal auditing profession.

 

Steven Kachelmeier

 

Steven Kachelmeier
University of Texas
April 6, 2011

The MPA Council is ecstatic to have Steven Kachelmeir as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Dr. Kachelmeier conducts extensive research in financial accounting and auditing. He is an editorial board member of two publications: Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Management Accounting Research.

 

Michael Granof

 

Michael Granof
University of Texas, GASB, FASAB
March 30, 2011

The MPA Council is honored to have Michael Granof as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Dr. Granof is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting at McCombs and also teaches in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Dr. Granof is a member of both the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.


Membership

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in the MPA program and actively take courses toward the MPA degree. Membership dues will be at the discretion of the Executive Board. The decision will take into account the financial state of MPAC. 

To contact an officer, find out more details about our events, or be included in our email distribution list, please send an email to UTMPACouncil@gmail.com.

Membership dues are currently $70/year or $40/semester and may be collected by cash or check. Please contact Shelly Tsai to join, or see us at any of our general meetings!

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