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Accountancy Student Chosen for Prestigious Internship

Jared Musick portraitJared Musick has been selected for a one-year internship at the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, CT. The program is exceedingly competitive with only a handful of interns chosen each year from a large pool of nominees submitted by the accounting programs from many of the leading US business schools. Jared graduated in December 2011 with a 2nd undergraduate degree in accountancy and master of science in accountancy. This is an honor for Jared and he is thrilled to have been selected. Jared starts his internship in February. Accountancy faculty member Paul Bahnson nominated Jared and said, “I am elated that Jared made it through the daunting selection process. It speaks volumes about Jared. He is an impressive individual.”

Paul Bahnson Listed Among Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People

Paul Bahnson portraitAccountancy professor Paul Bahnson is one of just four professors listed among Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People. The annual list is a roster of thought-leaders and change-makers in the profession and includes profiles of regulators, firm leaders, consultants, technology vendors and practitioners who are leading the profession. Bahnson and frequent co-author Paul Miller, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, (also among the top 100) are starting their 12th year writing a monthly column titled “The Spirit of Accounting” for Accounting Today.” Their inclusion in the Top 100 is based, in part, on their commentary on efforts currently under way to adopt international accounting standards in the United States. A number of their recent columns have challenged whether these efforts are in the country’s best interest.

Accountancy Professor Named Foundation Scholar

Image of Marty Schimpf, Provost; Katy Kempton, Foundation Director; Mark Cowan; Candi Allphin, President of Foundation Board

Marty Schimpf, Provost; Katy Kempton, Foundation Director; Mark Cowan; Candi Allphin, President of Foundation Board

Mark Cowan, associate professor of accountancy, is the recipient of the Foundation Scholars Teaching Award, celebrating a faculty member who has made a difference in the classroom by engaging students and promoting learning. The selection committee highlighted several of his accomplishments by noting that, “He clearly cares that students leave his own and other classrooms with the knowledge to succeed in their careers and in life; he strikes a balance between theory and applied knowledge, integrating experiential learning with a solid foundation in the underlying structure of his discipline; and, in the true spirit of a teacher-scholar, he inspires students’ commitment to continued learning by linking discovery, exploration, and understanding.”

Faculty Spotlight – Bahnson and Hyatt

Professors Paul Bahnson and Troy Hyatt, Department of Accountancy, were the featured speakers at a continuing education session, “2011’s Big Changes in GAAP,” held in Boise Feb. 16. Bahnson and Hyatt discussed several proposals currently in the works that have the potential to bring changes to financial reporting. The event was sponsored by the Idaho Society of CPAs and approximately 30 CPAs from the Boise area attended.

The Department of Accountancy Institutes New Mentoring Program

Eide Bailly student mentees posing for group photo

Eide Bailly student mentees

The Department of Accountancy recently started a mentoring program to help students develop, learn about accounting careers, and grow their network. Before the start of spring semester, 50 undergraduate accountancy students were assigned to mentors in twelve different local organizations. (more…)

Department of Accounting Receives Grant Award

Early in Fall 2009, the Office of the Provost invited the colleges and/or academic departments of Boise State to submit grant proposals for innovative curriculum designs or enhancements that would serve to increase success in student learning.   (more…)

Boise State Partners with UI on Taxation, Law Degrees

Boise State’s College of Business and Economics has partnered with the University of Idaho College of Law to allow students to simultaneously earn a master of science in accountancy/taxation emphasis and a law degree.

The new JD/MSAT agreement allows students to earn both a juris doctorate and the accountancy degree in as few as three years, rather than the four years it would typically take.

“This cooperation between Boise State University and the University of Idaho provides a unique opportunity for Idaho residents,” said Kirk Smith, associate dean in Boise State’s College of Business and Economics. “An individual can earn two complementary and highly coveted graduate degrees in less total time than it takes to complete them sequentially. Graduates will have a tremendous background in tax law and be able to move into their careers more quickly.”

Students must apply separately to each program and be admitted to both the Boise State MSAT program and the University of Idaho College of Law in order to be eligible for the joint program. The two degrees are awarded separately, but the agreement facilitates credit transfers between programs so that students can earn both degrees in the most economical way.

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Treasure Valley IMA Student-Focused Panel Meeting

The Treasure Valley Institute of Management Accountants is hosting a student-focused meeting on February 17, 2010. The meeting will consist of an announcement of the scholarship winners and a panel discussion regarding the career path of public versus industry accountants. There will be junior and senior level accountants (2 each) from both industry and public firms who will share their unique stories and give a variety of career options for current accounting majors. Specific prepared questions will be answered; however students will also be given the opportunity to ask their own questions. (more…)

Scholarship Application Deadline: New Students

Scholarship Application Deadline: Continuing Students