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4 Students Earn Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate accounting program consistently ranks #1 across the nation for its top notch faculty as well as the high quality accounting education it offers students. Once again the Texas MPA Program has topped the nation with four students, Taylor Atsalis (BBA ‘13, MPA ‘14), Scott Huff (BBA/MPA ‘14), Chongho Kim (MPA ‘14), and Michael Kovacich (MPA ‘13), earning the prestigious 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2014.

To put this in perspective, 91,384 individuals sat for the Examination in 2014 and only 60 candidates met the criteria to receive the award. This year, only three U.S. graduate programs had more than one Elijah Watt Sells winner and the Texas MPA program had as many winners as the other two combined.

All four award winners are now making their mark at their respective workplaces: Taylor is currently employed with EY in Houston, Scott works for Dell in Austin, Chongho is employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, and Michael is employed with BDO in Houston.

Caskey, Clement and Donelson Receive Endowed Appointments

Congratulations to Judson Caskey, Michael Clement and Dain Donelson, who received the following endowed appointments effective September 1, 2015:

Welcome the New Department of Accounting Chair!

Robert Freeman, the Arthur Anderson & Co. Alumni Centennial Professor in Accounting, has been appointed as the Chair of the Accounting Department at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

MPA Student Sarah Jones Offerred GASB Internship

Sarah Jones (BBA ’14, MPA ’15) has been offered a Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) position with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) starting in June 2015. This is one of the highest honors for new graduates as they get firsthand experience working with the government board.

Kristen Valentine Receives Deloitte Foundation's 2015 Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting

Doctoral candidate Kristen Valentine received the 2015 Deloitte Foundation's Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting award. The Deloitte Foundation awarded $25,000 grants to 10 top accounting PhD candidates through the Deloitte Foundation’s annual Doctoral Fellowship program. Given to students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the award will support the 2015 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.

Each year, approximately 100 universities are invited to apply for the fellowship. Student applicants are nominated by the accounting faculty of their school. A selection committee composed of four eminent accounting educators chose this year’s recipients.

Congratulations Kristen!


Matt Ege Wins 2 Paper Awards

Doctoral graduate (2013) Matt Ege won two awards at the Auditing Mid-Year Meeting, demonstrating the solid background in research he received as part of the McCombs doctoral program in accounting. His paper, “Does Internal Audit Function Quality Deter Management Misconduct?” forthcoming in The Accounting Review, received the Outstanding Dissertation Award given by the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association. Matt also took home the Best Conference Paper Award for "Internal Control Weaknesses and Financial Reporting Fraud," a paper co-authored with accounting professors Dain Donelson and John McInnis.

As he heads off to Texas A&M in 2015, we congratulate him on his success here at The University of Texas at Austin.

Hook ‘em!

Jeri Seidman Accepts Position at University of Virginia

While we hate to announce that a member of our faculty is moving on to another opportunity, we are extremely proud to share that Jeri Seidman has accepted a position at the University of Virgina. We will still enjoy Jeri's teaching for the spring semester, but next fall she will join the faculty at the University of Viriginia's McIntire School of Commerce!

Congratulations Jeri!