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Retiring Faculty: Denise English

Denise English portraitEverywhere 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

Online Accountancy Master’s Degree Available Fall 2017

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 the CPA Exam Passers!

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!

Retiring Faculty: David Koeppen

Dave Koeppen portraitThe 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 2017 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 December 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017.

$10,000 +

  • Richard and Shari Porter

$1,000 – $4,999

  • 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

$500 – $999

  • Rachelle and Anthony Brower
  • Gregory and Cindi Byron

  • Jeremy and Aubrey Cork
  • David Light and Becky Williams
  • The Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants

$100 – $499

  • 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

$1 – $99

  • 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

2017 Top Ten Scholar

Junlin Huang portrait

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.

4th Annual Gem State Tax Symposium

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The 2017 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 and aggressive tax planning, estate planning, tax issues in mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, ASC 740, valuation issues, state taxation, 1031 exchanges, and other tax policy updates.  Over 100 professionals attended in 2016, 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 Lee Sheppard, Contributing Editor at Tax Analysts; John Mitchell, former Chief Economist for U.S. Bank and Boise State economics professor; and Heather Field, UC Hastings College of Law. 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. To learn more and to register, please visit tax-symposium/

Mark Heil, Advisory Board Member, is new Boise State Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Heil Portrait

Mark J. Heil will join Boise State University later this month as vice president and chief financial officer.

Heil is a Boise State alumnus who has worked at Micron Technology Inc. since 1992. He most recently served as vice president and corporate controller at Micron, overseeing all global financial accounting and external financial reporting, including the establishment of accounting policies, design and implementation of financial controls, cost accounting and inventory valuation, accounts receivable, accounts payable and fixed asset accounting.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Mark Heil as the newest member of our leadership team here at Boise State,” said President Bob Kustra. “He is a highly skilled, experienced financial executive, and we are confident that he will help us continue to advance our initiatives across the university.”

Boise State selected Heil following a national search for a new VP/CFO. At Micron, he previously served as finance director and corporate controller, and finance manager. Prior to joining Micron, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and United First Federal Savings and Loan, both in Boise.

Heil earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting and computer information systems from Boise State University in 1985. He is a member of the audit committee for the Idaho State Board of Education, an active member of the advisory board for the Department of Accountancy in the College of Business and Economics, a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the Idaho State Board of Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The VP/CFO is the chief financial officer of the university, serving as guarantor of fiscal integrity for Boise State. He will work closely with the president’s executive team and the State Board of Education to promote the most effective and efficient use of resources to deliver the university’s mission and vision.

Heil takes over for Stacy Pearson, who was appointed vice president for finance and administration at Boise State in 2004 after serving for eight years as the university’s associate vice president for finance and administration. Pearson will begin a new position as vice president for finance and administration at Washington State University on March 1.

Source: Campus News

3rd Annual Gem State Business & Accounting Conference

The 3rd Annual Gem State Business and Accounting Conference will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016!

The 2016 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 2015, 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 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. 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 $75. All event proceeds benefit the Beta Alpha Psi Endowed Scholarship Fund. To learn more and register, please visit

Thank You 2016 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, 2016 through November 30, 2016.

$10,000 +

  • James and Diane Crawford
  • Sandra and Gary Piva
  • Boise State Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Mendy and Patrick Clark
  • Richard and Shari Porter
  • KPMG Foundation
  • Treasure Valley CFO Forum

$1,000 – $4,999

  • James and Leisha Atkinson
  • John T. Berg
  • Mark and Michelle Heil
  • John and Dena Jozwik
  • Philip J. Nuxoll
  • Stacy and Mark Pearson
  • Gordon and Susan Pirrong

  • Deloitte and Touche, LLP
  • Deloitte Foundation
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Ernst and Young Foundation
  • KPMG Foundation
  • Little-Morris, LLP
  • Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

$500 – $999

  • Mark and Brenda Chiles
  • Jason and Saundra Coronado

  • Peggy and Mathew Runcorn
  • Manuel Salazar

$100 – $499

  • Paul and Kathleen Bahnson
  • Jacob and Natalie Catmull
  • Shirley A. Chambers
  • Jeremy and Aubrey Cook
  • Corrine and Jeffrey Fiedler
  • Jacqueline Franks
  • Mozena and Ezell Gainer
  • Thomas and Kathleen Gwinn
  • Ingrid Harris

  • Troy and Shanna Hyatt
  • Heidi and Kurt Jewell
  • Reid and Ellen Langrill
  • Janet E. Mosebach
  • Dan and Misti Ross
  • Stephanie Slawson
  • Mary B. Cox Real Estate, Inc.
  • YourCause, LLC – Trustee for Medtronic Foundation

$1 – $99

  • Maria and E.W. Baltzor
  • Jeanne and Wayne Blanchard
  • Sean A. Brass
  • Mabry and Mark Brice
  • Lisi E. Campbell
  • Madison Ediger
  • Doug W. Henderson

  • Peggy and Gabriel Holmquist
  • Kathy and Kelly Hurley
  • Melanie M. Jones
  • Jorge G. Rodriguez
  • Jessika B. Rouse
  • Randall and Tracy Smith
  • Jedd and Loretta Stanwood

This list is based on gifts recorded March 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016. Every effort has been made to assure accuracy. If, however, you discover an error, please contact Alex Williamson, (208) 426-3461 or email