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SBU students earn Missouri Society of CPAs scholarships

The Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) provides up to 30 scholarships annually to college students majoring in accounting through its Lead & Enhance the Accounting Profession initiative, which seeks to help educate and assist young people interested in becoming CPAs. For the 2015-16 academic year, three SBU Accounting majors were selected for the prestigious scholarships.

“We are thrilled to have several of our SBU Accounting majors recognized by the MSCPA,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the department of accounting. “The MSCPA is the premier organization representing CPAs in Missouri, and this helps confirm that our SBU Accounting students rank with the best in the state of Missouri.”

SBU students selected for the accounting scholarship include:

  • Tyler Davison, a freshman accounting major from Webb City, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and
  • Laura Sappington, a senior accounting and information assurance major from Higginsville, Mo.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

McIntire receives Elliott, Robinson & Company Public Accounting Scholarship at SBU

Elliott, Robinson & Company established an SBU scholarship in 2012 to recognize top accounting majors preparing for a career in public accounting.

This scholarship has enabled SBU Accounting department majors to learn about the unique operations of a smaller CPA firm. Chrissy McIntire, an SBU Accounting senior from Bolivar, Mo., is the newest recipient of this scholarship. “I like the emphasis on community and family values at Elliott, Robinson & Company and this scholarship will help reduce my student loan balance as I begin my professional accounting career,” McIntire said.

“Our students sometimes don’t know exactly what they want to do in public accounting, and Elliott, Robinson & Company provides opportunities that allow our graduates to experience the wide variety of services the firm provides,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “We are grateful for this ongoing relationship between SBU Accounting and Elliott, Robinson & Company.”

The Springfield, Mo.-based CPA firm focuses on being clients’ most trusted business advisor and provides career opportunities to young professionals that allow them to balance work and family life effectively.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

Recipients of BKD public accounting scholarship announced

BKD CPAs & Advisors has announced the recipients of its SBU public accounting scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. The consistent contributions of BKD professionals have enabled students to receive more than $3,000 annually in scholarship funds.

“SBU Accounting has benefited from a long and prosperous relationship with BKD,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Many of our graduates have started their accounting careers at BKD, some rising to the highest levels of management in the firm. We are grateful for the financial support BKD provides our students.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

  • Steve Davis, a sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.;
  • Maria Martin, a sophomore accounting major from Osage Beach, Mo.; and
  • Ashley Morgan, a junior accounting and information assurance major from Granite City, Ill.

Based in Springfield, Mo., BKD is one of the largest CPA firms in the Midwest. More than 10 years ago, the firm established an endowed scholarship to support the work of high-achieving SBU accounting department majors.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU student named Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants scholarship recipient

The Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) has announced that Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., is a recipient of an Ozarks AGA Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

“Matt’s selection for a scholarship by the Ozarks AGA is evidence of Matt’s growing interest in governmental accounting and his leadership potential in this important area,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of SBU’s accounting department. “Tomorrow’s government financial management is dependent on future leaders like Matt, and we are excited he has been recognized by local AGA professionals in this way.”

Since 1950, the AGA has been the educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management and is recognized as a leading advocate for improving the quality and effectiveness of government fiscal administration. AGA serves the professional interests of financial managers from local, state and federal governments, as well as public accounting firms.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU accounting professor receives Enrolled Agent designation

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University, completed the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation process sponsored by the United States Department of the Treasury.

“Having the Enrolled Agent designation will give me more confidence and credibility in teaching the Tax Accounting class,” Wagner said.

An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

“This is a great honor for Mrs. Wagner and our SBU Accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “Her proven expertise in the ever-changing tax law will benefit our students greatly and inspire many to seek professional careers as tax accountants.”

For more information about SBU’s department of accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives national AICPA award

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, a junior accounting major at Southwest Baptist University from El Dorado Springs, Mo., has been selected as one of just 10 recipients of the national AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship awarded by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This $2,500 award is given annually to students pursuing their CPA license who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

“On behalf of the AICPA, I applaud this year’s recipients of the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship for their commitment to academic achievement,” stated Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “These exceptional students are a testament to the strength of the pipeline of talent coming into the accounting profession.

Durnell and the nine other recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 1,190 applicants based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and overall commitment to the CPA profession.

“This is a great honor for Jenna and our SBU accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, and for Jenna to be recognized as a Legacy Scholar speaks highly of her commitment to the accounting profession and the opportunities it presents to provide essential financial services to individuals and organizations throughout the world.”

In addition to the award, Durnell also will now be part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, which was established in 2011 and helps students develop the soft skills needed to maintain a successful career. Scholarship recipients will plan and execute community service projects related to accounting that will serve their communities and be meaningful to the students.

“The AICPA’s recognition of Jenna Durnell communicates the quality person she is and validates that her pursuit of excellence is what makes her deserving of such an award,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “Durnell typifies the type of students we have in SBU’s Accounting program.”

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

SBU student is PBL national champion in cyber security; three other students claim top-10 national spots

Five students from Southwest Baptist University competed in the 2014 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Collegiate Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Justin Stout, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Gardner, Kan., was named the 2014 national champion in cyber security. Stout is SBU’s fifth PBL national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

Bobby Sterling, junior computer information science major from Buffalo, Mo., placed third nationally in information management. Maura Sturgess, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Chillicothe, Mo., claimed third place in parliamentary procedures. Jarrett Munton, junior computer science major from O’Fallon, Ill., finished in seventh place in statistical analysis. Steven Harris, junior computer science and mathematics major from Bolivar, Mo., also competed at the national competition.

The team was coached by Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science.

“The students did an excellent job of representing SBU at the national level,” Conley said. “There were students from all over the nation and from every size of school. It was incredible hearing our name called from a national stage. I feel very blessed to work with these students.”

More than 1,800 students from across the country attended the event. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit education association with the mission to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

For more information, please contact Conley at (417) 328-1759 or mconley@SBUniv.edu, or contact Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information sciences, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

Two SBU students receive LEAP scholarships

Jenna Durnell

Jenna Durnell

The Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) has awarded LEAP (Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession) scholarships to two Southwest Baptist University students. Jenna Durnell, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Harwood, Mo., and Tori Jones, sophomore accounting major from Miller, Mo., will receive the scholarship funds for the next academic year.

This is the third consecutive year for Durnell to be selected as a LEAP scholarship recipient.

“I greatly attribute my repeated success to the education I’ve received thus far at SBU,” Durnell said. “This scholarship means so much to me, not only because of my need for educational financial assistance, but also because it gives me an avenue through which I can become involved with the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants – an organization that will assist me as a college student and in my future career path.”

Tori Jones

Tori Jones

Jones also is very grateful for the scholarship and the financial assistance it provides so that she is able to receive a quality education at SBU.

“SBU is home to one of the best accounting programs in the country and to be able to say I am part of it makes me proud,” Jones said. “I am confident that I will leave here fully prepared. Not only do my professors teach me about accounting, they also pass on life skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”

According to Wayne Clark, chair of the SBU Department of Accounting, only 28 students statewide received this award so it is a significant honor for a school the size of SBU to have two recipients.

“This is quite an honor for two of our SBU accounting majors to be recognized with this statewide scholarship award,” Clark said. “This Missouri Society of CPAs is the premier organization representing accounting, tax and finance professionals in Missouri, and our students were competing with students from accounting programs much larger than ours.”

Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science, also was pleased to have two SBU students chosen for this prestigious honor.

“This is a testament of the quality of SBU’s accounting department and of the hard work of these outstanding young ladies who represent SBU well,” Bethards said.

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

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.”