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Here you'll find a recent archive of news related to the Accounting Department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

Pincus to Receive Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Pincus to Receive Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Karen V. Pincus, a Walton College professor of accounting and the Doyle Z. and Maynette Derr Williams Chair in Professional Accounting, will receive one of only two Outstanding Accounting Educator Awards given by the American Accounting Association in 2017.

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MAcc Student Team Reaches Final Four in Tax Case Competition

MAcc Student Team Reaches Final Four in Tax Case Competition

A team of three Masters of Accountancy students, Rebecca Francis, David Harris, and Alex Ross, competed in the inaugural Southeast Regional Tax Challenge case competition held at the University of Missouri on Feb. 10-11.

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EPIC Spotlight: Kristian Allee

EPIC Spotlight: Kristian Allee

Hanging over Kristian Allee’s desk is a dry erase board with a list of potential research projects he scrawled. “I love this stuff,” he says, looking up at the board.

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Peters, 3 Others Chosen as SEC Academic Leadership Development Fellows

Peters, 3 Others Chosen as SEC Academic Leadership Development Fellows

Gary Peters and three other faculty members at the University of Arkansas have been selected as a 2016-17 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows.

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Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine Walton College Faculty Awarded Endowed Chairs, Professorships

Nine faculty members of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas have been awarded endowed chairs or endowed professorships.

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EPIC Spotlight: Philip Meek

EPIC Spotlight: Philip Meek

There are no gray areas in auditing. No subjectivity. What you see is what you get.

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EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

She thought she had failed. This was something Addison Scott did not do.

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EPIC Spotlight: Ken Bills

EPIC Spotlight: Ken Bills

When a CPA visited Ken Bills’ high school class, Bills recalls asking himself, why would anyone do this for a living? He can laugh about it now.

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Faculty: Best of the Best

Faculty: Best of the Best

Eight faculty members were recognized for their outstanding work by Walton College’s Business Awards and Elections Committee.

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Community College Students Visit for Walton Transfer Day

Community College Students Visit for Walton Transfer Day

Nearly 40 potential transfer students from Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville visited the Sam M. Walton College of Business to learn about life as a student at the University of Arkansas.

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EPIC Spotlight: Kathryn Gadberry

EPIC Spotlight: Kathryn Gadberry

When Kathryn Gadberry studied abroad to Mozambique, she was a part of a team that set up an accounting system for chicken farmers so they could sell an affordable source of protein to local consumers, a program known as Eggs for Africa.

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Crains Create Business Scholarship for Searcy, Conway Students

Crains Create Business Scholarship for Searcy, Conway Students

Alumni Larry and Janett Crain of Searcy are supporting University of Arkansas business students from Searcy and Conway with an endowed scholarship specifically for graduates from those two high schools.

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McMillon Gift to Fund Retail Innovation and Technology Lab

McMillon Gift to Fund Retail Innovation and Technology Lab

A former retail space in the Harmon Parking Facility on the University of Arkansas campus will be transformed into a retail innovation and technology lab through the generosity of Walmart Chief Executive Officer and Sam M. Walton College of Business alumnus Doug McMillon.

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Small, Association-Connected Firms Conduct Higher-Quality Audits

Small, Association-Connected Firms Conduct Higher-Quality Audits

Small audit firms with membership in an accounting association or network perform higher-quality audits than small firms that do not belong to such organizations, according to a new study by accounting researchers at Walton College.

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U of A Team Takes Second at ALPFA National Convention Case Study Competition

U of A Team Takes Second at ALPFA National Convention Case Study Competition

Members of the University of Arkansas student chapter of ALPFA, the Association for Latino Professionals for America, took second place in the KPMG Case Study Competition at the association’s national convention.

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Featured at CRE Conference

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon Featured at CRE Conference

The 15th annual Emerging Trends in Retailing conference, on Thursday, June 11, features Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart.

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2015-16 Walton Student Ambassadors Announced

2015-16 Walton Student Ambassadors Announced

Thirteen students have been named Walton College Student Ambassadors for 2015-16. Student ambassadors assist Walton’s Undergraduate Programs Office with recruitment efforts.

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Three From Walton College Elected to ASG Leadership Roles

Three From Walton College Elected to ASG Leadership Roles

Three Walton College students have been elected as Associated Student Government officials for the 2015-16 academic year. Elections were conducted March 9-12 and have been certified by the ASG Judiciary.

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EPIC Spotlight: Rwan El-Khatib

EPIC Spotlight: Rwan El-Khatib

Many told Rwan El-Khatib she would not be accepted by a United States doctoral program. It had been difficult for business majors in her native country of Jordan to continue their education in a doctoral program in America, and she repeatedly heard about it. It was almost as if people were challenging her

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EPIC Spotlight: Hannah Birch

EPIC Spotlight: Hannah Birch

Hannah was inspired to pursue an education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business when she came to the university as a junior for a convocation that featured presentations by Walton students as well as Jason Adams, the college’s Honors Programs associate director, and Javier Reyes.

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EPIC Spotlight: Claire Yan

EPIC Spotlight: Claire Yan

As a child, Claire Yan watched closely how her mother, a literature teacher, interacted with students. That experience led to Yan standing out on her balcony, talking to plants and flowers that made up her pretend classroom. Now she’s teaching in real students in a real classroom. Yan joined the Department of Accounting in August 2014

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BioBridge LLC Takes Third Place at Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

BioBridge LLC Takes Third Place at Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

A business plan team from the University of Arkansas that is creating an online marketplace that would connect researchers to suppliers of human biospecimens placed third at the 2015 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge.

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EPIC Spotlight: Rachel Dukes

EPIC Spotlight: Rachel Dukes

Living in the Dallas bedroom community of Grand Prairie, Rachel felt it was time to pursue the discipline at a university beyond the Texas border.

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Wagler Named Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Wagler Named Walton College Employee of the Quarter

Susan Wagler, fiscal support analyst in the accounting center, has been named employee of the second quarter by the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Anyone in the college may nominate colleagues for the award, which is given to employees who show superior customer service that enhances the image of the college, above and beyond … Continue reading Wagler Named Walton College Employee of the Quarter

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EPIC Spotlight: Hua Wang

EPIC Spotlight: Hua Wang

Hua Wang has experienced much in his five years in the United States. He has mastered the English language, played French horn with the University of Arkansas band and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Sam M. Walton College of Business in addition to his music degree.

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EPIC Spotlight: Allison “Alli” Kinsey

EPIC Spotlight: Allison “Alli” Kinsey

As a high school student, Allison Kinsey worked part time at a local drive-in restaurant. She discovered she really enjoyed two things: working with numbers and reading people to better understand human behavior.

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EPIC Spotlight: T.J. Atwood

EPIC Spotlight: T.J. Atwood

One thing is for certain, there will always be taxes. It’s a topic very familiar to T.J. Atwood, one of the newest faces in the accounting department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

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Nathanael Franks Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Nathanael Franks Named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist

Nathanael Franks has been selected as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship – the oldest and one of most prestigious international scholarships offered to American students. Rhodes Scholars are awarded two years of study at the University of Oxford with the possibility of renewal for a third year.

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27 Named to the Walton Dean’s Student Advisory Board

27 Named to the Walton Dean’s Student Advisory Board

Autumn Parker, associate director for undergraduate recruitment, and Barbara Lofton, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, have announced the 27 members of the 2014-2015 Dean’s Student Advisory Board for Walton.

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Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

Theresa Fette, an entrepreneur who founded the Provident Trust Group, will speak to students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 31, about “How to Succeed in Business Without Selling your Soul.” Fette’s talk is presented by the Office of Entrepreneurship and the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. It will be … Continue reading Entrepreneur Theresa Fette to Speak on Succeeding Without Selling Your Soul

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Accounting Doctoral Student Represents U.S. at Colloquium

Accounting Doctoral Student Represents U.S. at Colloquium

Lauren Dreher Cunningham, a doctoral student in accounting at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, represented the United States at the European Accounting Association Doctoral Colloquium and Annual Congress in Estonia.

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Thea Winston Selected as Boyer Fellow

Thea Winston Selected as Boyer Fellow

“The Boyer Fellowship will help me at the Walton College by first taking the financial stress out of attending college and secondly, being that extra push towards being successful.”

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Vern Richardson Receives Accounting Association Best Paper Award

Vern Richardson Receives Accounting Association Best Paper Award

Vernon J. Richardson, the S. Robson Walton Chair and Distinguished Professor of Accounting, and four colleagues received the 2014 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award at the 2014 American Accounting Association annual meeting.

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EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

Tom Davis Class of 2013 Accounting and Finance Tom Davis, a senior from Bentonville, Ark., majoring in accounting with a minor in finance, says he may never have gotten a chance to intern with Ernst and Young if he hadn’t participated in the Walton Honors Program. As an audit and assurance services intern last summer … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Tom Davis

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EPIC Spotlight: Theresa Fette

EPIC Spotlight: Theresa Fette

The trust group was failing. It was in such disrepair that the state of Nevada was considering receivership. For many, the task of resurrecting the Las Vegas company would be too daunting. Theresa Fette, however, saw the sinking business as an opportunity. Only 28 years old and a practicing lawyer, she and a business partner … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Theresa Fette

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EPIC Spotlight: Terrance Boyd

EPIC Spotlight: Terrance Boyd

“The faculty and staff are people with experiences who can tell you, ‘This is how you do it in the real world.’ ” Terrance Boyd Junior Accounting Major Retail and Spanish Minor When Terrance Boyd was a freshman, he was like many University of Arkansas students starting college careers. He had to adjust to a … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Terrance Boyd

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EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

Talesha Christian Sophomore Accounting and Financial Investments Talesha Christian isn’t shy to say it. She loves math. From the time she was in grade school, she has enjoyed working with numbers. Now, as an Accounting and Financial Investments major at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, she sees so many opportunities where she can … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Talesha Christian

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EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

Stephanie Nguyen Accounting and Finance major Economics minor As a rising senior at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, Stephanie Nguyen is a busy student. With a double major in accounting and finance, and a minor in economics, Stephanie has mastered time management. In addition to her extensive coursework, she is active in many … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Stephanie Nguyen

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EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

  “The professors are top-notch.” Rohit Mittal Junior Accounting and Finance Major, Spanish Minor The summer before he enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Rohit Mittal helped manage a Subway Restaurant franchised by his mother. Dealing with day-to-day operations gave him a new respect for the work done behind-the-scenes while teaching him another vital skill: … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Rohit Mittal

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EPIC Spotlight: Quincy Jordan

EPIC Spotlight: Quincy Jordan

Quincy Jordan Junior International Business and Accounting Quincy Jordan will admit she’s a country girl at heart – one who likes to ride horses and drive a pickup truck. Yet when it comes to her life professionally, she envisions a future as a corporate lawyer. This was a decision reached during a career fair when … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Quincy Jordan

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EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Linda Myers

EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Linda Myers

“We have a strong family environment here. You feel supported and valued.” Dr. Linda Myers Professor Garrison/Wilson Chair in Accounting Ask Dr. Linda Myers what her hobbies are, and she is hard pressed to say anything other than research. There are always issues that no one has looked into. There’s also existing data that can … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Linda Myers

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EPIC Spotlight: Qili “Lily” Jin

EPIC Spotlight: Qili “Lily” Jin

“My philosophy is to challenge your limits. You’ll never know how successful you’ll be.” Qili “Lily” Jin Junior Accounting Major Economics and Retail minor This part of her visit to China wasn’t in the study abroad curriculum. But it was something Qili “Lily” Jin felt she had to do. Only days before, she was in … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Qili “Lily” Jin

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EPIC Spotlight: Lauren Waldrip

EPIC Spotlight: Lauren Waldrip

“During my first semester, I was undeclared. Then I decided to go with Walton College. I knew how strong Walton College is and what it means to a degree.” Lauren Waldrip Senior Marketing and Advertising and Public Relations Major Accounting Minor Lauren Waldrip admits she’s a bit of a sports fanatic. She remembers calling the … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Lauren Waldrip

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EPIC Spotlight: Kristin Wilmes and Haley Prewett

EPIC Spotlight: Kristin Wilmes and Haley Prewett

“I feel like the teachers really know you.” – Kristin Wilmes “The networks I’ve made will be very beneficial in the future.” – Haley Prewett Kristin Wilmes Senior Marketing Spanish minorHaley Prewett Sophomore Accounting Recreation and Sports Management minor With their red, athletic shirts bearing Razorback and Nike logos, it’s common for Kristin Wilmes and … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Kristin Wilmes and Haley Prewett

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EPIC Spotlight: Kristen Howell

EPIC Spotlight: Kristen Howell

“What I love most about Fayetteville is the abundance of small businesses here. It makes being a business major that much more enjoyable.” Kristen Howell Junior Accounting Major Last summer, Kristen Howell taught Chinese business professionals a thing or two about American culture. For example, with the help of an English-speaking translator, she showed them … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Kristen Howell

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EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

“The Portfolio Management class was especially helpful in gaining access to the extensive alumni network.” Katherine Cloud WHP 2011 Accounting and Finance Major Katherine Cloud graduated from the Walton Honors Program in 2011 with a double major in accounting and finance. While a student in the Walton College, she studied alternative investments and management entrepreneurship … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Katherine Cloud

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EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

“I definitely think the Walton College career center is one of the most beneficial programs at the university.” Jessica Lind Senior Finance Major Accounting Minor Jessica Lind has another semester to go before graduation, yet she is already interviewing for a finance job. She says she is confident she will have something lined up by … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jessica Lind

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EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

“Walton College is one of the best business schools, so where else would I go?” Jackie Sandoval Junior Economics and Finance Major Accounting and Information Systems Minor Jackie Sandoval had to go to a meeting. She found the room, saw some familiar faces and a place to sit. But once the session began, Jackie quickly … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Jackie Sandoval

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EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

Ethan Spiva Junior Accounting and Finance Major Ethan Spiva thought he might become a physician’s assistant. It seemed like a natural choice since his mother is an occupational therapist and his father works in pharmaceutical sales. When he became a freshman at the University of Arkansas, he took some science classes. His second semester in … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Ethan Spiva

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EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Gary Peters

EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Gary Peters

Dr. Gary Peters Associate Professor Doris M. Cook Chair of Accounting Department of Accounting Growing up in Arkansas, Dr. Gary Peters loved the outdoors. Fishing. Hunting. It was all good. As an undergraduate enrolled at a community college, he thought he could channel his passion by majoring in biology with the idea of someday working … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Dr. Gary Peters

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EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

Audrey Davidson Senior Accounting Major Economics and Spanish Minor The 10-key calculator with a small, paper roll fascinated Audrey Davidson as a child. She watched her mother, a real estate accountant, punch the buttons, causing the calculator to print out numbers as the spool turned. Sometimes, Audrey punched the buttons herself, pretending she was grown … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Audrey Davidson

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EPIC Spotlight: Amanda Dooly

EPIC Spotlight: Amanda Dooly

Amanda Dooly Senior Accounting Major Spanish Minor Dancing is Amanda Dooly’s passion. Growing up in Fort Smith, she spent long hours studying ballet as well as contemporary dance styles. Her skills are so strong, Texas Christian University offered her a spot in the School for Classical and Contemporary Dance. Although Amanda says she had envisioned … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Amanda Dooly

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EPIC Spotlight: Alexandra Kosmitis

EPIC Spotlight: Alexandra Kosmitis

Alexandra Kosmitis 2010 Accounting Major For recent Sam M. Walton College of Business graduate Alexandra Kosmitis, college was about balancing education and extracurricular activities. When Kosmitis wasn’t in class pursuing her accounting degree, she was active in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, serving as chapter president and, later, Panhellenic president for University of Arkansas Greek … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Alexandra Kosmitis

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EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

Alex Nunn Senior Finance and Accounting Major Alex Nunn perks up when a law case is discussed in his classes at the Sam M. Walton College of Business. If there’s a topic that inspires debate among the students, even better. The combination has led to a revelation: He should become a corporate lawyer. Hailing from … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Alex Nunn

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EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

Addison Scott Finance and Accounting Major International Business with minor in French Addison Scott resisted the calling to be an accountant. It was the profession of her parents, and she wanted to blaze a different trail. That is, until she took an accounting class. And liked it. “I got into business school and discovered it … Continue reading EPIC Spotlight: Addison Scott

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