Boise State University’s Beta Alpha Psi Chapter, Zeta Psi, continues to be one of the most innovative student organizations on campus and one of the most active Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the United States. In the past year, with only 53 members, the Chapter planned and participated in 1,000 hours of professional activities and provided over 1,800 hours of service to the local community. The following are a few of the Chapter’s initiatives and accomplishments:
National Conference: Four Chapter members attended the Beta Alpha Psi National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 2,000 students from universities across the country were in attendance. For the sixth consecutive year, a Chapter member was selected to participate in “Project Run With It.” Michael Moreau, outgoing Vice President of Membership, was one of only 72 students selected to participate on a team of four students, each from a different university. The teams were challenged to creatively and collaboratively solve real life business problems faced by an actual non-profit organization located in the greater Baltimore area. In only 36 hours Michael and his team successfully gained an understanding of the nonprofit organization and its issues, formulated a workable solution, and presented to a panel of judges.
An Endowed Scholarship to Support Students: In the fall of 2014, the Chapter established an endowed scholarship fund for accounting students and committed to raise $20,000 over a five-year period. Because the Chapter met this funding goal in a little more than one year it committed in 2015 to raise an additional $25,000. In January of 2017, the Chapter met this additional funding goal.
Reaching Out to the Community: The Zeta Psi Chapter is committed to providing meaningful community service and strived to further expand its impact this year. The Chapter, in partnership with the accounting department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, held a refugee tax day at the Boise English Language Center in February 2017. VITA volunteers and Beta Alpha Psi members worked together with translators and refugees to provide quality tax assistance. Beta Alpha Psi plans to make this an annual event and looks forward to its continued development next year. Additionally, several of the VITA program’s volunteers were also Beta Alpha Psi members who helped to serve over 330 clients in the 2017 tax season. This program was just one of the Chapter’s many service initiatives. Other activities include providing support to the Idaho Food Bank, Man & Woman of the Year, Rake Up Boise, Boise Historical Society, Ballet Idaho, Boys and Girls Club, and Boise Zoo. These service activities help instill a lifelong spirit of giving and service in these future members of the accounting profession.
Financial Literacy Education: In April, the Chapter designed and hosted a half-day financial literacy program which benefitted 41 middle school and high school students from the Boise Boys & Girls Club. The curriculum provided the students with tools to help them understand a wide range of age appropriate topics including planning and money management, saving and investing, and paying for college. In addition, Beta Alpha Psi provides a financial literacy component for a summer college experience program conducted by the College of Education.
CFOs Exposed: In March 2017, the Chapter partnered with the Treasure Valley CFO Forum to host the annual CFOs Exposed Event. In addition to formal presentations and informal networking, 30 area executives met in small groups with business students—providing students the rare opportunity to talk directly with business leaders at the highest levels. Over 200 students registered for this year’s event.
Regional Conference: In April of 2017, our Chapter sent 18 members to Beta Alpha Psi’s Regional Conference in Seattle, Washington. The conference provided participants with the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with members of 25 chapters from other northwest universities, network with professionals, and attend professional and personal development sessions. This year Boise State’s Chapter also presented at the conference on the importance of meaningful service and integrating skills developed in the classroom to our community outreach and engagement activities.
Annual Banquet: The Chapter closed the academic year by holding its annual banquet on April 19, 2017. More than 100 students, faculty, and business professionals celebrated this year’s accomplishments and selected faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the university, profession, and community. The featured speaker was Allan Hall, audit partner-in-charge of Deloitte & Touche’s Boise practice, who highlighted the value of leadership and making the most of one’s professional career.
On April 21, 2017, the accounting department hosted a retirement party for Dave Koeppen and Denise English. The occasion drew past and current faculty members from across the College of Business and Economics. There was also a surprise visit from past and current student athletes Richie Brockel, Gabe Perez, and Jeremy McNichols, and they were accompanied by Coach Bryan Harsin. Denise and Dave were each given an iconic Boise State Football sledge hammer in recognition of their combined 60 years of hard work and dedication to their students and the accounting department.
Over 200 members of the business community attended the 3rd Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference on December 16th, 2016 at Boise State University. The conference brought in top national, regional, and local speakers to discuss current and developing accounting, audit, tax, and reporting information that impacts both public and privately held companies. The event provided those in attendance the opportunity to earn 8 hours of CPE credit. Featured speakers included Jeff Mechanick from the FASB, Steven Poe from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, Storme Sixeas from the National Tax practice of Deloitte Tax LLP, Bruce McCain from Key Private Bank, Chet Wood from KKR and Co. LP, and Melanie Rubocki from Perkins Coie LLP. The Gem State Business and Accounting Conference was generously sponsored by Deloitte and the Treasure Valley CFO Forum. All event proceeds benefitted the Beta Alpha Psi Endowed Scholarship Fund. More details about the event are available here.
On April 19, 2017, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announced that it had renewed the Department of Accountancy’s accreditation for a five-year period. AACSB-accredited schools are considered the best business schools in the world.
To maintain accreditation, undergraduate and master’s degree programs must pass a rigorous internal review and peer review. Standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.
“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process schools must demonstrate alignment with AACSB’s global accreditation standards, as well as how they encourage engagement, innovation, and impact across the communities they serve.”
AACSB Accreditation is the highest standard of quality in business education. The Department of Accountancy and the College of Business and Economics are among the less than five percent of business schools worldwide to achieve this accreditation. Today, there are 786 business schools in 53 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Of these schools, 186 institutions—including the Department of Accountancy—hold additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs. AACSB Accreditation is renewed every five years; a distinction held by the College of Business and Economics since 1979 and the Department of Accountancy since 1992.
Everywhere we go there are people that leave their mark, people that we will never forget because of all the great things that they did for us. Denise English is one of these people. I have had the honor of knowing Denise both in and out of the academic environment. She is my professor and she was my faculty in residence (FIR) in the university residence halls. Denise is a wonderful individual that has gone above and beyond her responsibilities as a professor and as a FIR.
In the accounting department at Boise State University we are lucky to have a group of exceptional and passionate professors. Denise is definitely a part of this group. I met Denise in the residence halls about two years ago. Since then I hoped that I would be lucky enough to have a class taught by her. This semester I was fortunate enough to be in one of her classes. I can truly say that all my expectations have been surpassed. Denise is a wonderful professor; she creates a welcoming environment where questions are welcomed with a smile. She is willing to explain topics several times until she feels like the class has understood. One thing that sticks out for me is the fact that the most common line in her emails is, “come see me with any questions.” She understands that certain topics, perhaps derivatives, aren’t the easiest accounting topics and is willing to offer individual help if necessary.
Her ability to show genuine care for those around her has positively impacted many people. I saw this time and time again in the classroom but also in the residence halls. She opened up her heart and her home to two groups of freshman business students. We all felt fortunate to have such a wonderful and inspiring individual living down the hall. The following statement from one of her students Joelle Alexander models this: “Denise is incredible; she has the ability to connect and inspire anyone.” There are not enough words that will sum up how wonderful Denise is. She took two groups of first year students under her wing and she inspired and encouraged us all to pursue our goals and education. Boise State University and more specifically the accounting department is lucky to have had Denise English as a part of the team! We will miss you Denise, but it’s time we let you be with your family and your new grandson!
Written by current student, Karla Gonzalez
Boise State University’s Department of Accountancy is launching an entirely online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program beginning this fall. This new program offers the opportunity for working individuals to obtain a master’s degree at an affordable cost and a flexible schedule.
The Graduate College is currently accepting applications to the program with the first students starting their online studies in late August 2017. The application deadline for the fall semester is July 15, 2017.
“I am so pleased that our Department of Accountancy will offer this very high quality Master of Science in Accountancy program in an online format,” said Ken Petersen, Dean of the College of Business and Economics.
“This degree program is in great demand and providing it in an online format will make it much more possible for those who don’t live near Boise State University or who have challenging life situations to gain access to this very important learning and degree.”
The online MSA strives to help professionals in progressing their careers. Not only does the curriculum prepare you for a challenging public accounting career, but it also equips you with the skills needed to be successful on the CPA exam. The curriculum emphasizes applying and practicing accounting principles and procedures; professional and ethical responsibilities; familiarization with financial, managerial, legal and tax ramifications of business transactions; and information technology and data analytic skills. Those who start the program in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 can complete the degree as soon as the Spring 2019. Full-time students who start the program in Summer 2018 or later can complete the degree in one calendar year.
“We are excited to launch the online version of our MSA program this fall,” said Troy Hyatt, Chair of the Accountancy Department.
“One strength of our online program is that the courses will be taught by the same professors who teach the courses in our on-campus program. This model ensures that all of our students will receive the same high-quality instruction.”
The College of Business and Economics is among the less than five percent of business schools worldwide to earn Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation and one of the few business schools in the world to have AACSB accreditation for both the business school and the Department of Accountancy. The Department of Accountancy is also a member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). This allows for continual development of high quality, professional programs.
Congratulations to our Boise State University Accountancy Department graduates who have passed the Idaho CPA Exam in 2016 & 2017!
October – December 2016
- Wade Aldridge
- Paden Allen
- Ada Beall
- Richard Brockel
- Jaren Dayley
- Michelle Dimas
- Landon Hartley
- Angela Martin
- Nathan-Wilson Rogers
- Dillon Simpson
- Martha Wadley
- Benjamin Woodward
- Alexis Yon
January – March 2017
- Abigail Belthoff
- William Birdsall
- Troy Cunningham
- Vinton Gwinn
- David Heffner
- Casey Howell
- Robert Leavitt
- Jacob Revis
- Christopher Stevens
- Brittany Strang
- Joshua Van Loo
Note: The above list was compiled based on publicly available information and is likely incomplete. When you pass the CPA exam please let us know so we can spread the news!
The accounting department at Boise State University has long been known as a rigorous program with many outstanding professors. When I went through the accounting program in the early 2000s, there was one professor that stood out as the best teacher I’ve ever come across. Other students felt the same way. Professor Koeppen, or as I’d come to know him, “Dave” has a method of teaching that makes things stick, making the subject matter ingrain itself in your mind in a way that you don’t have to memorize, regurgitate, forget, and repeat. In a nutshell, the students referred to this phenomenon as “Even the dumb kids learn in Dave’s class.”
As I recollect, Dave’s teaching methods and tests primarily include number problems rather than multiple choice. Dave correctly pointed out to me that while multiple choice are easy to grade for the professor (which can be nice at times), no credit could be given for partial understandings and full credit is often given for blissful ignorance. Dave would spend the second half of class time discussing the theory of what the next lesson would involve (with lots of examples and analogies), and then he would work through a problem or two before assigning homework. At the next class, the first half of class time would be spent working through the homework that was assigned during the previous class to ensure everyone understood it. By the time the exams came, if you were struggling, you knew who to blame.
While listening to one of Dave’s lectures, I learned he was an avid outdoorsman, and consequently we struck up a conversation after class. It never influenced my grade (Dave was impassive to such things), but we started a friendship that has endured to today. Our families have traveled to Africa together and Dave and I have climbed numerous peaks throughout the northwest. We have spent many hours in the outdoors hiking and watching wildlife (hunting was the idea, but we never get around to pulling the trigger). The man is in amazing shape. I’ve seen Dave consistently pass 20 and 30 year-olds on the mountain and Dave isn’t 30. One of the greatest things about Dave is his great sense of humor and optimism. Whenever I get frustrated with a person or situation, I can remember Dave’s great words of wisdom “No one is entirely useless, they can always serve as a bad example.” He will be missed at Boise State University, but now it is time for his family, friends, and the outdoors – they need Dave too!
Written by former student, Kurt Folke, CPA
Thank you to the generous donations made by so many individuals! Your donations directly impact the success of our accounting students. This list is based on gifts recorded December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017.
- Richard and Shari Porter
- Shane and Dianna Bartlome
- Travis and Terri Burgess
- Mark and Brenda Chiles
- Mark J. Cowan
- Gerald S. Dunn
- Denise and Ronald English
- Mary and Charles Hallett
- Patricia and Darrell Hallett
- Michelle and Mark Heil
- Travis and Ninna Jensen
- Dave and Kay Koeppen
- William and Rebecca Lathen
- Eugene Marchioro and Twyla Lehto
- Roger and Claudia Martell
- Charles and Sally Merz
- Monica and Brady Panatopoulos
- Stacy and Mark Pearson
- Kathy and Jerry Tarter
- Eide Bailly LLP
- Idaho Power
- McDonald’s Corporation
- Rachelle and Anthony Brower
- Gregory and Cindi Byron
- Jeremy and Aubrey Cork
- David Light and Becky Williams
- The Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Bruce H. Bergquist
- Michael and Victoria Guerry
- Quentin and Shirley Howard
- Kathleen and Kelly Hurley
- Troy and Shanna Hyatt
- Julie Babcock-Hyde and Billy Hyde
- Marry Pirrong and Russ LaValle
- Connie and John Maakestad
- Judy B. McClure
- Debra L. Platts
- Ray Roark and Linda Osgood
- Kristine and Bradley Timmons
- Tableau Software Foundation
- Sean A. Brass
- Michael John and Bobby Dean
- Dieuw and Raleigh Hawe
- Ryan T. Leavitt
- David Cynnie Little
- Cecilia M. Merz
- Pauline and Thomas Newman
This list is based on gifts recorded December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017. Every effort has been made to assure accuracy. If, however, you discover an error, please contact Alex Williamson, (208) 426-3461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junlin Huang, winter 2016 accountancy graduate, has been selected as a Boise State University Top Ten Scholar.
Top Ten Scholars are nominated by their academic deans and subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.
Huang has immersed herself in the College of Business and Economics, serving as an undergraduate learning assistant for the Department of Accountancy, the VP of Finance of Beta Alpha Psi, a mentor of junior accounting students and a tax intern at a local CPA firm.
“Throughout her years of study in our program, Junlin has been an outstanding accounting student,” said accountancy Chair Troy Hyatt. “Every one of her accounting professors has told me what a pleasure it is to have her in class and about the excellent work she does. I am thrilled Junlin is receiving this well-deserved honor.”
Huang is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Boise Young Professionals and the American Institute of CPAs. These experiences have provided opportunities for her to give back to Boise State and the Boise community through teaching, networking, mentoring and volunteer services.
In addition to her co-curricular activities, Huang has excelled academically. She was a recipient of the College of Business and Economics Scholarship and Clisby Edlefsen Business School Scholarship and has been on the Dean’s High Honor List each semester. Huang has been recognized as a Signature Student and Outstanding Graduate in the College of Business and Economics.
“I’m very pleased that Junlin has been chosen for this honor.” said Mark Cowan, Huang’s honored faculty. “She tenaciously pursues knowledge unlike any student I’ve known. She studies hard, asks tough, thoughtful questions, and is not satisfied until she finds the answers.”
Huang is currently pursuing a master of science in accountancy-taxation from Boise State. Starting this fall, she will be a graduate assistant for the College of Business and Economics.
Junlin is from China.