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SBU graduate receives Elijah Watt Sells award for CPA score

Caleb Harris ‘13 of Jackson, Mo., has been named a recipient of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award, given by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The institute gives the awards to candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA examination, completed testing during the 2013 calendar year and passed all four sections of the examination on the first attempt. More than 94,154 individuals sat for the CPA examination in 2013. Only 55 candidates met the criteria for this award.

Caleb Harris ’13, recent SBU graduate, has received the Elijah Watt Sells award for his superior performance on the CPA examination.

Caleb Harris ’13, recent SBU graduate, has received the Elijah Watt Sells award for his superior performance on the CPA examination.

“The CPA Examination is designed to protect the public interest and help ensure that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license,” said Michael Decker, AICPA Director of Examinations, in a press release on the AICPA website. “On behalf of the AICPA, I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award for their impressive achievement.”

According to the AICPA website, the award was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performances on the CPA examination and was named in honor of Elijah Watt Sells, who was one of the country’s first CPAs and played an active role in promoting professional education in the accounting profession.

Harris graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics/Finance. He is currently employed as a audit associate at BKD, LLP in Springfield. BKD, LLP is the 12th-largest CPA firm in the U.S. Harris was also named the 2012-2013 Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Student of the Year. He was the October 2012 MSCPA Student of the Month, a four-time MSCPA scholarship winner and a Don Breimeier award recipient.

“SBU Accounting is so proud of Caleb and this remarkable accomplishment,” said Wayne Clark, chair of the SBU Department of Accounting. “We are blessed to have had Caleb in SBU Accounting and his record will serve as a challenge to our accounting majors for years to come.”

Harris credits his SBU professors and rigorous education with helping to prepare him for success.

“All of my professors took the time and made the effort to teach at a personal level, which greatly enhanced my learning experience,” Harris said. “I learned at a depth that enabled me to retain a large amount of knowledge even long after classes were over. This made studying for the CPA exam less of a chore than it otherwise would have been. My professors regularly assigned CPA review questions as components of their courses. Mr. Clark’s exams were extensive, comprehensive and challenging, typically taking several hours to complete, which was phenomenal preparation for the CPA examination.”

“Caleb was an outstanding student at SBU,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, university president. “Not only was he brilliant in the classroom, but he was heavily involved in campus activities, including serving as an Ambassador for the university. I am not at all surprised to hear about Caleb’s success in his chosen field of accounting.”

For more information about the SBU Department of Accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

SBU accounting student to intern with Heritage Foundation

For the fourth consecutive year, a Southwest Baptist University accounting major has been chosen for the prestigious Heritage Foundation Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

Jenna Durnell, sophomore at SBU, will intern this summer with The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Jenna Durnell, sophomore at SBU, will intern this summer with The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Jenna Durnell, a sophomore accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo., will spend this summer in Washington, D.C., as a marketing technology/CRM intern. She is the daughter of Michael and Suzan Durnell.

Meg Goodman, a junior accounting major from Cape Girardeau, Mo., interned in 2013. Pearl Karamitros, a senior accounting and international business major from Fort Worth, Texas, who grew up in China, interned during the summer of 2012. Jordan Taylor, a senior marketing and economics/finance major from Greenfield, Mo., interned in 2011.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute with a mission to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense, according to its website.

“This is a very prestigious opportunity because the Heritage Foundation fits in with many of the ideals of SBU,” said Wayne Clark, chairman of the SBU Accounting Department and an assistant professor of accounting. “We are really excited they selected Jenna for this internship and especially pleased that her additional information technology skills and education with her accounting and information assurance degree are being recognized.”

About 70 students across the country are chosen for internships in various departments of the organization.

While these students’ internships include gaining hands-on experience in accounting in a business environment, they also are given many opportunities to learn conservative ideology and its founding principles.

As the marketing technology/CRM intern, Durnell will primarily be working with the integration of a new database that tracks fundraising efforts at The Heritage Foundation.

“This job perfectly aligns with the information assurance part of my degree,” Durnell said. “Internships this specific to my unique major are not common; I am very thankful for the opportunity to put into practice what I have learned in the classroom.”

Durnell is confident that her time at SBU has equipped her for this prestigious opportunity because of the combination of academic rigor and personal attention she has received.

“Professors at SBU do more than simply funnel you in and out of a classroom; they want to help you succeed, even if that means staying past the required office hours,” Durnell said. “I have full confidence that SBU has prepared me to not only succeed in this internship, but also to take full advantage of the opportunities with which I will be presented in Washington, D.C.”

“Having these four students chosen to intern with The Heritage Foundation for consecutive years is impressive because of the competition they face for the limited number of internships the foundation offers,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science and associate professor of business administration. “It gives affirmation to the quality of our program and our students.”

SBU business programs receive reaffirmation of accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Southwest Baptist University with reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

“Our students are achieving great results and this reaffirmation helps validate that SBU business and computer science students are receiving a quality education,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

The ACBSP provides the SBU College of Business and Computer Science with full accreditation for another 10 years. The accreditation is based on a continuous improvement model with the college submitting quality assurance reports every two years to maintain good standing.

“Southwest Baptist University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 29.

“This accreditation is evidence that SBU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done for the last 10 years,” Parscale said.

Dr. Susan Lynch, chair of the department of business administration, led the reaffirmation efforts by creating processes to ensure continual improvement and to measure student learning outcomes.

“Having the ACBSP accreditation is advantageous because an external organization is evaluating and affirming that we are doing what we said we would do and are still continuously improving,” Lynch said.

For more information about SBU and the College of Business and Computer Science, please contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student named MSCPA Student of the Month

Southwest Baptist University senior, Meg Goodman, was selected as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (MSCPA) August 2013 Student of the Month. Goodman is from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Goodman received the MSCPA LEAP scholarship as a high school student in 2009-2010 and as a college student in 2010, 2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. She is an accounting major and a Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program student.

At SBU, Goodman has served as an SBU Ambassador and member of three honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta. She has been active as a member of the accounting club; has been an officer, competition speaker and project leader for Enactus; has participated in SBU mission trips; and has served as a vice president in the SBU Student Association. This past summer Meg served as the accounting intern for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Goodman was nominated for this honor by her professors. Wayne Clark, chair of the department of accounting, said, “Meg is a humble, yet very effective and tireless leader who will make an extremely positive contribution to the public accounting profession.”

Goodman plans to begin taking the CPA examination in April and start a career in public accounting following her graduation in May.

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951.

Professor receives ‘Who’s Who’ VIP distinction

Who’s Who Publishers has selected Sharla Bailey, CPA, CMA, CGMA, CGFM, as a VIP Member of the Year in her field. Each year, Who’s Who Publishers recognizes individuals who stand out among their peers and colleagues for their dedication and service to their industries, outstanding leadership skills and day-to-day performance.

Bailey is an assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University. She graduated from SBU (then Southwest Baptist College) in 1981 and joined the SBU faculty in 1994. Bailey teaches courses in the areas of financial, managerial and governmental accounting.

For more information about SBU’s accounting department, please visit http://www.sbuniv.edu/cobacs/accounting/index.htm.

SBU alum named MSCPA Student of the Year

Caleb Harris has been named the 2012-2013 Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Student of the Year. Harris graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics/Finance. Harris was the October 2012 MSCPA Student of the Month, a four-time MSCPA scholarship recipient and a Don Breimeier award recipient.

While at SBU, Harris excelled in the classroom and was a highly respected student leader. Harris was a member of the SBU Enactus (formerly SIFE) team and helped with the team’s fundraising efforts. He was also greatly involved with the Student Association, serving as freshman class president, senator, student body vice president and vice president of organization empowerment. Additionally, Harris was the president of Delta Mu Delta (business honor society) and treasurer of Phi Eta Sigma (academic honor society). Harris was an active member of the Accounting Club, Institute for Management Accountants, SBU Honors Program, and University Ambassadors and was a campus tour guide.

Harris made a significant impact at SBU. “Caleb has been an exceptional leader at SBU,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, SBU’s accounting department chair. “He has always looked for new ways to expand his knowledge of the accounting and business world. Caleb is interested in finding ways to do things smarter and better, which will be a valuable asset to his future clients.”

Since graduation, Harris has begun work as a staff auditor for BKD, LLP in Springfield, Mo. BKD, LLP is the 12th-largest CPA firm in the U.S. He has also completed the CPA examination with one of the highest scores in the nation, with an average score of 96.25 on the four-part exam.

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Wayne Clark at (417) 328-1951.