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Kathy Hurley and Accounting Students Prepared Tax Returns for Free

This is the sixth year Kathy Hurley, a lecturer in the Department of Accountancy, and accountancy students have volunteered to prepare and file income tax returns for Boise community members. Students are trained and certified by the IRS in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Hurley, 15 students and 3 community volunteers filed 379 returns on-site at the Boise Library! Community members may also use computers and VITA software for free and file their own return. Student assistance is available to answer questions. The total number of tax returns attributed to Boise State University/Boise Public Library VITA site was 1132, up from 2017 number of 604.

In addition to nine sessions at the library, Hurley, with the help of Beta Alpha Psi members, started partnerships with Boise Public Schools and NeighborWorks for a community/refugee tax day.

“We visited Garfield Elementary School in the morning and Northwest Pointe Apartments in the afternoon to prepare tax returns. We also went to Frank Church High School for two hours at lunchtime to help a selected group of high school students prepare their tax returns,” said Hurley. “We will further expand partnerships next year by bringing the International Rescue Committee back into the collaboration.”

The community gets great assistance and students get valuable hands-on learning experiences. Students firm up their basic knowledge of federal tax rules and regulations, learn to interview taxpayers to obtain critical information to prepare an accurate tax return, and practice using tax preparation software. Students also gain leadership and logistical skills as they have an active role in weekly site set-up, operations management and planning for continuous improvement.

Learn more about the VITA program in this video:


New Program Provides Cultural Perspectives for COBE Accounting Students

Troy Hyatt, second from left; Zeynep Hansen, middle.

Troy Hyatt, second from left; Zeynep Hansen, middle.

Zeynep Hansen, associate dean for academic programs and scholarship in the Boise State College of Business and Economics, and Troy Hyatt, chair of the Department of Accountancy, visited Beijing Normal University Zhuhai in April.

Hansen and Hyatt were in China to sign an agreement that will make it possible for accounting students at the Beijing University to transfer credits to Boise State and continue their studies, earning degrees from both universities.

While in China, Hansen and Hyatt met with prospective students and university faculty. Hyatt gave a talk on the academic and professional requirements for pursuing a career as a certified public accountant in the United States.

Four Chinese students participating in the new program will come to Boise fall 2018.

“We expect this number will grow quickly as more students enter Beijing Normal University Zhuhai with the intention to transfer to Boise State,” said Gonzalo Bruce, assistant provost for the Center for Global Education.

The agreement eventually could open doors for Boise State students interested in traveling to Beijing for brief periods of study.

“We have expressed interest that in the future we’d like to see COBE students experience China in a short-term program,” said Bruce. “BNUZ is located in Zhuhai, an economically strong region of China next to Shenzhen, the technological hub of China.”

This kind of program is “unique and strategic for Boise State,” said Bruce. A lot of planning and research involving COBE, as well as the university registrar and other academic departments, went into designing the program, including assessing the curriculum at the Chinese university and establishing course equivalencies at Boise State.

“In sum, these programs are a campus-wide effort,” said Bruce.

Campus-wide benefits include expanding Boise State’s global reputation and attracting more international students.

“Idaho students will share the classroom with students coming from one of the strongest global economies. Classroom interaction with international students provides unique opportunities to learn new cultural perspectives and ways of doing business,” said Bruce.

The agreement will be valid for five years and may be renewed at that time.

Accountancy and Finance Graduate Selected as Commencement Speaker

Clancy JohnstonFinance and accountancy major Clancy Johnston has been selected as the 2018 Spring Commencement student speaker for the morning service.

Johnston grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho, and came to Boise State as an Alumni Legacy Scholar. He racked up awards throughout his academic career, including being named a finalist in the recent Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, where student teams pitched their business ideas to compete for seed money. Johnston also won the College of Innovation Pitch Competition in 2016, and has been named to the Dean’s List with High Honors twice during his Boise State career.

A business person from an early age, he started CJ’s Mobile DJ in 2014 when he was a junior in high school. The business, he said, paid a lot of his college bills.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” Johnston said. “I was the kid who would sell pencils at recess instead of playing.”

Congratulations, Clancy.

Read the Update story about Clancy Johnson here.

The Beta Beat – Beta Alpha Psi Update

Beta Alpha Psi

Amy Bennett, Kimberly Wilburn, Corey Leikauf, Nicolette Roper, Andy Jozwik, Junlin Huang, Reagan Haldi, Rebecca Imhoff, Cassie Knigge and Shelby Feld

This August, six Beta Alpha Psi officers attended the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Outgoing President, Reagan Haldi participated in Project Run With It. This three-day competition combines students from seventy-two national and international Beta Alpha Psi chapters into teams of four who together are tasked with brainstorming, preparing, and presenting a solution for a local nonprofit organization. Reagan’s team was selected to provide a proposal and budget for the Bolsa Chica Conservancy in Huntington Beach, California to help engage and educate college students and communities about conservation of wetlands and costal ecology. This was the sixth consecutive year a Boise State University officer has been selected to compete in Project Run With It.

Vice Presidents Andy Jozwik, Austin Skogsberg, and Kimberly Wilburn presented on Building a Sense of Community within our Beta Alpha Psi Chapter. These officers discussed the value of our active Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and how it helps establish bonds with community members, in addition to strengthening relationships with fellow Beta Alpha Psi members. Additionally, the Zeta Psi Chapter’s continued Financial Literacy Program with The Boys & Girls Club and our developing Beta Alpha Psi Peer Mentorship Program with lower-division accounting students were highlighted. These programs are what make the Zeta Psi chapter unique and successful and it was a great opportunity for our officers to inform other chapters about our chapter operations.

The Fall semester was packed with Beta Alpha Psi activities! Regularly scheduled Fall events like Meet the Firms, the Fall Picnic and weekly firm visits that provided members with multiple opportunities to network with professionals in the Treasure Valley and learn about various different career opportunities. The chapter was incredibly fortunate this year to hold a firm visit at Micron’s campus. Our members were able to learn about the diverse and essential accounting and finance positions available at Micron.

During the Fall semester, the officer team worked to develop and reintroduce a new Vice President of Mentorship position focused primarily on reaching out to students not yet in Beta Alpha Psi. This newly created position had a temporary helper during the Fall and was officially filled during Spring semester. The Zeta Psi chapter also added a Meet the Members event to the Fall and Spring schedules, which provided an opportunity for students enrolled in ACCT 290 — Foundations of the Accounting Profession, to learn about Beta Alpha Psi and the professional resources it offers. It also created an informal environment for current members and prospective members to meet and interact to help develop essential peer-to-peer relationships. There were over 30 lower-division accounting students in attendance.

On November 29, 2017, the Zeta Psi chapter hosted our First Annual Beta Alpha Psi Winter Gathering at the Allen Noble Hall of Fame. There were over 100 current Beta Alpha Psi members, faculty, alumni, and friends in attendance. Our officer team requested that those in attendance bring new or lightly-used business and casual clothes to the event to donate to the Boise Rescue Mission to help those in need in our community. The chapter received multiple incredibly generous donations from our guests.

BAP Service DayThe Zeta Psi chapter also changed the format of its Spring meetings to place more emphasis on helping members building skills essential for entering the workforce. Toastmasters gave a demonstration on active speaking and listening; Missy Goode, the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for the Boise District Community Schools, spoke on the importance of remaining involved in volunteer events throughout our professional lives; and the chapter invited John Bernardo to speak on ethical decision-making. Our chapter also converted one meeting into a service day to help one Boise Community School prepare for an upcoming color run for the kids.

In early April, officers and members attended the Regional Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Vice President Nicolette Roper presented on Launching into the Next Century, sharing our chapter’s best practices on involving underclassmen in some aspects of Beta Alpha Psi before they are eligible to join. Vice Presidents Austin Skogsberg and Corey Leikauf presented on Hands-On Engagement, focusing on our members’ involvement in the audit of the College of Business and Economics and the College of Health Sciences’ sustainability reports.

Our members completed over 600 hours of community service this year. Events that helped generate these service hours include Rake Up Boise, Financial Literacy with The Boys & Girls Club, and a partnership with the Boise District Community Schools.

The Zeta Psi chapter wrapped up the year with our annual Spring Banquet, where over 40 professionals and alumni joined our members in celebrating faculty and member accomplishments. Beta Alpha Psi candidates were inducted into membership and outgoing officers passed on their positions to new officers.

Beta Alpha Psi Spring Group

Service Day at Boise Community School

Boise State Team Wins 1st Place at KPMG/Seattle University Financial Accounting Case Competition

Jonah Eldfrick, Mark Blaser, Skyla Ward and Michelle Dillman

Jonah Eldfrick, Mark Blaser, Skyla Ward and Michelle Dillman

On April 20th and 21st, a team of four accountancy students competed at the annual KPMG/Seattle University Financial Accounting Case Competition and won first place. Eight universities competed in this year’s event, and the Boise State team edged out several schools (including the University of Portland, the University of Oregon, and others) on its way to winning first place. Team members included Mark Blaser, Michelle Dillman, Jonah Eldfrick, and Skyla Ward.

This two-day event, which is in its tenth year and held on the Seattle University campus, brings four-person student teams together from universities all across the northwest region. The teams are given a financial accounting case and then, in three hours, must research how to solve the case, determine a solution, and develop a PowerPoint presentation. The topic of this year’s case was to determine the value of a family-owned company based on EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) and then decide if it would be a good acquisition.

“This group of students were given a very tough case for only being sophomores.  They did a great job using their resources, working together to solve the case, and presenting as a team,” said faculty advisor JoAnn Wood. In fact, JoAnn says that after our team presented its solution to the panel of KPMG judges and won the competition, many students from other universities approached our students and asked them how they solved the case.

Skyla Ward, one of the team members, commented, “It was such an honor to be invited! Seattle University was fun to visit and very hospitable. The competition itself was exciting, mysterious, challenging, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet and get to know people I may have never met: Boise State University students, competitors from other schools, and recruiters.”

Advisory Council & Alumni Spotlight: John Jozwik

John Jozwik

John Jozwik is a Boise native and continues to enjoy living in the beautiful Treasure Valley with his wife, Dena, and his three children—Andy, Madeline, and Nicolette.

John has served on the Boise State University Department of Accountancy Advisory Council since 2001.  He has enjoyed participating in the Department’s Professional Mentoring Program and has also enjoyed being involved in the Department’s faculty recruiting over the years.   He is past president of Life’s Kitchen, served as a Board member for Hayes Shelter Home, and is an active member of the Treasure Valley CFO Forum.

John graduated summa cum laude as a Top Ten Scholar from Boise State University with a BBA, Accounting in 1994.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management accountant.  After over a 20-year hiatus—with the thought he might pursue teaching at some point—he returned to class and recently earned a Masters of Accountancy degree.

John has enjoyed a diverse career that started in the contract food service and restaurant business prior to his obtaining his undergraduate degree.  After spending six years in various operating management positions, John realized that he enjoyed accounting and financial analysis.  He migrated out of operations to an administrative position supporting the controller of his then current employer and pursued his accounting degree as a non-traditional student.  Upon graduation, he worked as an auditor in the Deloitte Boise office for several years and spent two years as manufacturing controller of Futura Industries, an aluminum extrusion manufacturer.  In 1998, John took a position with the newly formed Boise-based company SummerWinds Garden Centers, Inc.  Shortly after joining the company, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and spent the next seventeen years as a senior leader of this nursery and garden center retailer with operations in California’s Silicon Valley, Phoenix, St. Louis, and Vancouver, B.C.  After leaving SummerWinds, John worked briefly for the Boise State Treasury Department and is now the Senior Vice President of Finance at

When asked what advice he has for students to help them succeed, he tells them to be thoughtful and to remain unfettered by the opinions of others in defining success.  Success is a different balance of career advancement, community service, family, and self-focus for everyone.  Staying true to your own definition of success and some hard work will get it done.

Mentoring Program Participants

The Department of Accountancy has an outstanding mentoring program. This year 45 students participated. Thank you to the generous professionals who make this program the success that it is today!

Mentoring professionals include:

  • Jacy Ross
  • Marshall Bratton
  • Patricia Zurfluh
  • Jacy Ross
  • Xinyu Cao
  • Abbie Belthoff
  • Paul Broadbent
  • Kristin O’Connor
  • Christina Kang
  • Ryan Marquez
  • Amanda Lipetzky
  • Richie Brockel
  • Steven Gabrielsen
  • Karla Esparza
  • Paul Holm
  • Boyd Woodward
  • Stephanie Voit
  • Kyle Ruesink
  • Lois Symms
  • Philip Matos
  • Robert Shappee
  • Jeremy Wonch
  • Orrin Cellan
  • Amy Dempsey
  • JoAnn Wood
  • Clearwater Analytics
  • Boise Cascade Company
  • Critical Process Systems Group
  • Woodgrain Millwork
  • Micron
  • Lamb Weston
  • Advanced CFO
  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation
  • MetaGeek

Participating students include:

  • Harvey Farfan
  • Patricia Franz
  • Emily Matos
  • Corey Leikauf
  • Reid Stroup
  • Amy Bennett
  • Robert Stewart
  • Cynthia Juarez
  • James Anderson
  • Laura Wensman
  • Andrea Chu
  • Jenifer Mant
  • Carlos Maloy
  • Sarah Dyer
  • Anh Nguyen
  • Timothy Jones
  • Mark Blaser
  • Jared Neal
  • BobbieSue Anderson
  • Cassie Knigge
  • Marena Anosova
  • Jesse Woods
  • Ben Storer
  • Caitlin Wambolt
  • Megan Clark
  • Melissa McDonald
  • Autumn Warren
  • Sarah Kirkendall
  • Nolan Pollock
  • Patrick Musgrove
  • Kymberlee Kelly
  • Josh Holmes
  • Brett Gates
  • Chris Byrne
  • Joseph Aguirre
  • Brooke Patteson
  • Paige Norgart
  • Sebastian Marx
  • Adam Still
  • Lanyell Bowman
  • Anna Beil
  • Ryan von Rohr
  • Molly Minka
  • Dani Lawson
  • Jordyn Pavletich

5th Annual Gem State Tax Symposium

Gem State Tax Symposium

The 5th Annual Gem State Tax Symposium will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018!

The 2018 Gem State Tax Symposium, presented by Boise State University’s Department of Accountancy and University of Idaho’s College of Law, has something for every tax professional, regardless of practice area. Whether you work in individual tax, corporate tax, partnership tax, the tax-exempt sector, state and local tax, or international tax, you’ll find timely topics of interest.  Like last year, the breakout sessions are designated as Basic, Advanced or Special Topics in order to better serve the needs of tax professionals at all levels of experience. Symposium speakers will discuss topics such as ethics, employment tax compliance, nonprofit taxation, data analytics in tax, state tax responses to federal tax reform, current pass-through issues, international taxation, and other tax policy updates.  Over 120 professionals attended in 2017, in­cluding CPAs, attorneys, graduate stu­dents, and other professionals.

The Gem State Tax Symposium is held in the Micron Economics and Business Build­ing. CPAs can earn up to 9 CPE credits and lawyers can earn up to 7.5 CLE credits (pending approval). Top national, regional and local speakers will discuss current tax issues, law changes and policy issues. Featured plenary speakers include John Mitchell, former Chief Economist for U.S. Bank and former Boise State economics professor; Scott Schiefelbein, Deloitte National; and Wes Coulam, Washington Council EY. This year we are also hosting an ethics hypotheticals panel including Barb Lock (moderator), University of Idaho College of Law; Allan Bosch, Capitol Law Group; Ron Caron, RCG Tax & Estate Solutions, PLLC; and Mike Oths, Magistrate Judge, Idaho Fourth Judicial District. In addition to expert speakers and good food, you will have the opportunity to mingle with accounting faculty, meet current students, and network with other professionals.

The price is affordable – only $225 and groups registering four or more participants can receive a 10% discount. This price includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and parking. All event proceeds provide scholarships to graduate students. Save the date and take advantage of a top conference close to home. Learn more and register for Tax Symposium.

Congratulations to the CPA Exam Passers!

Congratulations to our Boise State University Accountancy Department graduates who have passed the Idaho CPA Exam in 2017 & 2018!

April – May 2017

  • Cassidy A. Runyan
  • Ryan Wheeler

July – August – September 2017

  • Scott Babcock
  • Anjanette Call
  • Heidi Carey
  • Karla Esparza
  • Brian Gillenwater
  • Paul Sheldon
  • Alexa Wheeler

October – November – December 2017

  • Angus Anderson
  • Kellie Bergey
  • Ethan Coleman
  • Robb Hayes
  • Paige Holstine
  • Jordan Lamprecht
  • Christopher Matika

January – February- March 2018

  • Morgan Ciavarella
  • Brian Franklin
  • Sean Haire
  • Shandl McKee
  • Michael Moreau
  • Maria Thomas
  • Bradley Wright

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!

Thank You 2017 and 2018 Donors!

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 March 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.

$10,000 +

  • Gary and Sandra Piva
  • Mark J. Cowan
  • Mendy and Patrick Clark
  • John and Dena Jozwik
  • Boise State Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity
  • Treasure Valley CFO Forum
  • KPMG Foundation
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Ernst and Young Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Stacy and Mark Pearson
  • Gerald Dunn
  • Denise and Ronald English
  • Little-Morris, LLP
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

$1,000 – $4,999

  • John T. Berg
  • Mark and Brenda Chiles
  • Mary and Charles Hallett
  • Michelle and Mark Heil
  • Eugene Marchioro and Twyla Lehto
  • Kathy and Jerry Tarter
  • William and Rebecca Lathen
  • Stephen A. Leon
  • Charles and Sally Merz
  • Barbara Lobdell
  • Gordon and Susan Pirrong
  • Jeremy and Aubrey Cork
  • Travis and And Terri Burgess
  • Patricia and Darrell Hallett
  • David and Kay Koeppen

  • Roger and Claudia Martell
  • Brady and Monica Panatopoulos
  • Peggy and Mathew Runcorn
  • Troy and Shanna Hyatt
  • Jason and Saundra Coronado
  • David and Becky Light
  • Kory and Michelle Pukash
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Murphy CPA, Inc.
  • Deloitte and Touche, LLP
  • Moss Adams Foundation
  • Association of Governmental Accountants
  • Chubb Charitable Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

$500 – $999

  • Kathleen and Kelly Hurley
  • Debra and Mark Flitton
  • Michael and Victoria Guerry
  • Thomas and Martha Payne

$100 – $499

  • Paul and Kathleen Bahnson
  • Dick and Paula Rant
  • Kristine and Bradley Timmons
  • Mozena and Ezell Gainer
  • David and Valerie Roberts
  • Shirley Chambers
  • Jennifer Kelley

  • Jacqueline and Mark Rose
  • Cindy and Mark Absec
  • Darrell Mills
  • Jedd and Loretta Stanwood
  • MDU Resources Foundation
  • Gwinn Enterprises
  • Boise Valley Business Services, Inc.

$1 – $99

  • Cecilia Merz
  • Mabry and Mark Brice
  • David and Cynnie Little
  • Robert Baxter
  • Scott Fischer
  • Brian and Tamra Keeley
  • Eric and Audrie Lister
  • Jean Lohn
  • Neal and Maureen Meisner
  • Jorge Rodriguez

  • Laurie and Harold Schmitt
  • Maria Thomas
  • Monica Colley
  • Scott Babcock
  • Sarah Carter
  • Mykal Hazel
  • Dorri Holmes
  • James and Tina Lee
  • Melissa and James Hindman

This list is based on gifts recorded March 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Every effort has been made to assure accuracy. If, however, you discover an error, please contact Alex Williamson, (208) 426-3461 or email