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Recap: Fourth Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference

Gem State Business and Accounting Conference: Current Business, Economic, Accounting, and Reporting Matters

Over 230 members of the business community attended the 4th Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference on December 18th, 2017 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 affects both public and privately held companies. The event pro­vided those in attendance the opportunity to earn 8 hours of CPE credit. 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.

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the students listed below who were awarded university and department scholarships during the 2017-2018 academic year!

  • Faith Rose Ansay
  • Jasmyne Birkle
  • Jaycee Blacker
  • Tyson Boorman
  • Chas Cesare
  • Claire Cohen
  • Victoria Delgado
  • Colin Donat
  • Kimberly Dunaway
  • Ethan Erickson
  • Olivia Glosser
  • Reagan Haldi
  • Joshua Holmes
  • Nayoung Lee
  • Sonia Medrano Gil
  • Delanie Miller
  • Mariela Montoya

  • Deana Nassans
  • Tuan Nguyen
  • Anh Nguyen
  • Mayra Ortega
  • Meranda Pfaff
  • Anjalika Pupko
  • Alexandria Reeves
  • Kamal Rizal
  • Nicolette Roper
  • Katherine Seo
  • Savannah Story
  • Trevor Sweat
  • Jeywan Tolangi
  • Kathryn Wargo
  • Cameron Warr
  • Mary Weathersby

4th Annual Gem State Business & Accounting Conference

Bus. Conference BannerThe 4th Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017!

The 2017 conference, presented by the Boise State University Accountancy department, has something for every accounting professional. The program will touch on a variety of topics and disciplines that are sure to provide meaningful updates and perspectives to attendees. Speakers will be discussing matters such as accounting, audit, tax, and reporting information that impacts both private and public companies. Further, the conference will provide the latest information and perspectives on other current business topics including ethics. Over 150 professionals attended in 2016, including CPAs, graduate students, and other interested professionals.

The Gem State Business and Accounting Conference will be held in the Micron Business and Economics Building in Skaggs Hall of Learning. Top national, regional and local speakers will be here to provide their insight on a variety of topics. Featured speakers include Drew McCandless from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jeff Kummer from Deloitte Tax LLP, John Bernardo from Idaho Power Company, Mike Serio from Wells Fargo Private Bank, Wayne Rancourt from Boise Cascade Company, and Ralph Woodard from Blue Cross of Idaho. From Deloitte & Touche LLP Peter Taylor, Ryan Tolley, Ben Johnson, Kelsey White, and Allan Hall speaking. From Boise State University Ryan Baxter, Paul Bahnson, Troy Hyatt and Mark Heil will be presenting. Aside from great speakers and good food, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with accounting faculty, meet current students, and network with other professionals.

The price is affordable – only $85. All event proceeds benefit the Beta Alpha Psi Endowed Scholarship Fund. To learn more and register, please visit

New Faculty: JoAnn Wood (Joined in Fall 2017)

JoAnn WoodJoAnn Wood is a lecturer of accountancy in the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University.  She received her undergraduate degree in Business/Marketing Education from Utah State University in Logan, Utah, and a master’s degree in Accountancy from Boise State University.  Previously, she has worked in several areas of the private sector, such as  manufacturing, real estate, law, service, and communication.

JoAnn currently teaches financial and cost accounting classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.  She also serves as a lead of the Professional Mentorship Program which introduces students to careers available in the Accounting industry.  She is looking forward to developing case studies that will help students have more real-life accounting experiences during their education.

JoAnn serves as the Treasurer for the Idaho Suzuki Association, a local non-profit organization that teaches kids to play the piano and strings instruments through listening, repetition, and encouragement.  She is also active in her church community and leads children in their weekly services.

JoAnn was raised in Rockland, Idaho, a farm community that she attributes to her strong work ethic.  Her husband, Nathan, was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia.  They feel Boise offers the right mix of city and country to call home.  In her spare time, JoAnn enjoys spending time with her family, running, and reading.

New Faculty: Brian Knox (Joined in Fall 2017)

Brian KnoxBrian D. Knox joined Boise State University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Accountancy. He has a PhD in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh, and he is a CPA, passing the four-part CPA exam between April and August of 2012. His accounting-related work experience includes work at a state government agency (reviewing cost contracts) as well as at a Fortune 500 company (serving as lead and support cost accountant for several departments).

Dr. Knox’s research interests include managerial accounting topics such as strategic cost management, managerial decision making, performance measurement, and planning. In many of his research projects, he focuses on the “human element” that individuals bring to the table as they create, communicate, and use managerial accounting information.

New Faculty: Cristina Bailey (Joined in Fall 2017)

Cristina Bailey

Cristina Bailey joined Boise State University in 2017 as an assistant professor in accountancy. Cristina received her PhD in accounting from Texas Tech University. Her teaching includes cost accounting and accounting information systems. Cristina’s research focuses on human capital and management decision making in the context of accounting performance. Before coming to Boise State, she spent two years at the University of New Hampshire as an assistant professor.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (New Mexico) and worked six years as a systems accountant for a large Department of Energy contractor. She earned her undergraduate degree in management information systems and masters degree in accounting from the University of New Mexico.

Cristina grew up in New Mexico and is thrilled to be back in the west. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.

The Beta Beat – Beta Alpha Psi

2017 BAP OfficersBoise 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.

Honoring Retiring Faculty

2017 Retirement Party

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.

Recap: Third Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference

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.

Department Renews AACSB Accreditation

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.