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Murphy receives Gold Medal for contributions to CPA profession  
January 2013

Leslie Murphy, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of Murphy Consulting Inc., received the AICPA Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.

The Gold Medal Award is the highest award granted by the Institute. It is given to CPAs who have made major contributions to the profession.

Murphy served as chair of the Institute’s board of directors in 2005–2006. She began on the board in 2001 and was involved in developing policy as the profession responded to the changing environment over the next six years.

She has continued her service as a member of the Institute’s governing Council and the Assurance Services Executive Committee, with a focus on enterprise risk management and strategic planning for future assurance.

She was named the 2007 Woman CPA of the Year by the American Woman’s Society of CPAs, was inducted into the Advisory Board Hall of Fame in 2011, and received the Women of Achievement & Courage Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation in 2008. She is chair of the board of directors and executive committee of the St. John’s Providence Health System, in addition to serving on boards of directors for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Covenant House of Michigan, VSP Global, and Kelly Services.


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AICPA hosts 2012 Leadership Academy class  
January 2013

Thirty-four CPAs were selected to participate in the 2012 AICPA Leadership Academy, a four-day program in Durham, N.C., in which young CPAs learned to apply cutting-edge leadership theory to complex management challenges.

Now in its fourth year, the Leadership Academy was established to inspire, nurture, and empower the next generation of CPA leaders by providing them with advanced leadership training, access to well-connected professionals, and opportunities to exercise leadership within the profession.

This year’s class discussed pressing issues facing the profession and charted the direction necessary for CPAs to remain dynamic and active participants in the global marketplace. Attendees participated in leadership-development sessions with AICPA leadership, including Greg Anton, then-chairman of the board of directors; Barry Melancon, president and CEO; Janice Maiman, senior vice president–Communications & Media Channels; and Jeannie Patton, vice president–Students, Academics & Membership.

More than 90 candidates, who were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, or both, submitted résumés and statements explaining why participation in the academy would be important to them personally. The 2012 Leadership Academy class is:

Aaron Lee Ackerman, REDBACK Energy Services LLC—Oklahoma City

Travis Paul Armstrong, Hemming Morse LLP—San Francisco

Evan Benson, PCAOB—Kennesaw, Ga.

Rob Berger, Anders Minkler & Diehl LLP—St. Louis

Nina LoConte Chmura, WithumSmith+Brown—New Brunswick, N.J.

Shelley Coleman, Doctors Community Hospital—Lanham, Md.

Amy Kellum Cooper, University of Alaska Fairbanks—Fairbanks, Alaska

Chris Ekimoff, Duff & Phelps Corp.—Washington, D.C.

Michael James Elliott, Dittrick & Associates Inc.—Burton, Ohio

Kristin L. Ferch, Trek Bicycle Corp.—Waterloo, Wis.

Chris N. Flynt, Daniels, Means & Flynt—Bentonville, Ark.

Mandy Kay French, HoganTaylor LLP—Oklahoma City

Debbie Hale, Stoy, Malone & Co. PC—Towson, Md.

Kayce LaRae Halley, Eide Bailly LLP—Fargo, N.D.

Andy Hayes, Kahn, Litwin, Renza and Co. Ltd.—Providence, R.I.

Alicia Ann Holland, Beaufort County—Beaufort, S.C.

Ben Hrouda, UDR Inc.—Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Kristine Marie Hull, Omaha Performing Arts—Omaha, Neb.

Lisa Gene Johnston, Custom Accounting & Tax PC—Cave Creek, Ariz.

Waylon Jones, Liberty Mutual Surety—Seattle, Wash.

Kevin Daniel Laird, Edgen Group—Baton Rouge, La.

Tim Lyons, Mauldin & Jenkins LLC—Atlanta

Katie Marion, Cox Communications—Phoenix

Rudy Alexander Mayoz, Skoda Minotti—Tampa, Fla.

Trisha Nami Nomura, PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP—Honolulu

Tony Pires, PwC—Boston

Jared Plummer, North Carolina State University—Raleigh, N.C.

Paris Powell, Perkins & Co. PC—Portland, Ore.

Misty Roberts, Dollar General Corp.—Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Will Robinson, Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC—Charleston, W.Va.

Rachael Katherine Sarson, Craighead, Lange & Hough PC CPAs—Michigan City, Ind.

Brent A. Simer, Deloitte LLP—Washington

Jaymie Lyn Steiner, Rothstein Kass—Boston


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AICPA/Accountemps scholarships awarded to aspiring CPAs  
January 2013

The Institute awarded 10 recipients with the 2012–2013 AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship.

The scholarship recognizes accounting majors who aspire to become CPAs, demonstrate academic excellence, and show exceptional leadership. Eligible applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and completed at least 30 semester hours in college-level coursework, including six semester hours in accounting.

The 2012–2013 recipients were chosen by a task force comprising AICPA and Accountemps representatives. The winners, who were selected from more than 430 applicants, are:

Michael Eubanks, Western Michigan University

Cassandra Gengler, Baruch College, New York

Edmund Hawes, University of Texas at Austin

Carrie Munns, Eastern Washington University

Kari Notton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kirsten Phillips, University of Michigan

Theodore Schlanger, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Steven Stefanko, University of Michigan

Kathleen Woods, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Logan Weiland, Miami University, Ohio


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Professor receives Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award  
January 2013

William F. Messier Jr., CPA, the Kenneth and Tracy Knauss Endowed Chair in Accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, received the Institute’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

The award recognizes full-time college accounting professors who excel as educators and who have achieved national prominence in the profession.

Greg Anton, then-chairman of the AICPA board of directors, presented the award at the fall meeting of the Institute’s governing Council. “His work involving audit litigation support, CPE, and his writings on audit theory clearly stand out,” Anton said.

Messier also serves as the PwC Professor II in the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law at the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics. In addition, he served as the academic member of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board and was chair of the Institute’s International Auditing Standards Subcommittee.


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Public Service Awards recognize individual and firm commitment to communities  
January 2013

The AICPA recently presented its annual Public Service Awards for individuals and firms to recognize members and firms of the AICPA who have made significant contributions to their communities.

Johnny K. Hudson, a senior partner at Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP, in Little Rock, Ark., received the Public Service Award for Individuals.

Hudson, who grew up on a farm in Grapevine, Ark., co-founded with his siblings Aspirnaut Initiative, a program to help enhance science, technology, engineering, and math achievement skills for rural students, designed to help them compete with students in larger, metropolitan areas.

Aspirnaut outfitted a prototype school bus with computer screens and programming downloaded to accommodate different ages and grade levels, to enable students to listen to lessons during long commutes, gaining them as much as two extra hours a day of math and science education.

Bell & Co., North Little Rock, Ark., and CohnReznick, formerly The Reznick Group, Bethesda, Md., received the 2011 Public Service Award for Firms.

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Bell & Co. raised money for school supplies for children in a remote village, and staff members gathered, sorted, and packed the materials. The firm also supported a medical clinic in the village by providing internet service and funding for a full-time nurse.

In Arkansas, Bell & Co. supports the Arkansas State Hospital, a psychiatric facility, through volunteerism and donations; its staff members serve meals for the homeless at the Salvation Army each month; and the firm is involved in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Hearts & Hooves, a therapeutic horseback riding and teaching facility for those with disabilities. CohnReznick’s “Pay It Forward” initiative provides employees with an extra $25 per paycheck to donate to charity.

The firm also held “Office Jeans Day,” in which employees donated $5 to wear jeans on a specific work day. The firm matched those employee contributions to raise more than $40,000 to send to Japan Red Cross following the 2011 earthquake. Staff members also held fundraisers and volunteered to assist those affected by tornadoes that hit Alabama and other states in 2011 and to benefit cancer research and children’s charities.


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Institute presents award for longtime volunteer service  
January 2013

James L. Curry, Robert R. Harris, Theodore F. Martens, and Tonya Kay Flesher received the Institute’s Sustained Contribution Award, which recognizes members who have contributed measurably to the AICPA and the profession through their volunteer service.

All recipients have served on an Institute volunteer group for 20 or more years and have served at least once as a chair of an AICPA committee, task force, or resource panel.


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Innovative teaching practices earn educators accounting-curriculum awards  
January 2013

The AICPA awarded three 2012 accounting curriculum awards to educators who demonstrate innovative teaching practices. The awards, recipients, and winning curricula submissions are:

Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award for the first sequence of accounting: Kay Poston, professor of accounting at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., and John Waters, assistant professor of accounting at the University of Indianapolis, for “A FASB Accounting Standards Codification Project for Introductory Financial Accounting,” which introduces the codification to both majors and nonmajors in the first accounting course.

George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award for junior- and senior-level accounting courses: Marsha Huber, associate professor of accounting at Youngstown State University, Ohio, for “Out of the Box Learning for Tax Class: Students Create Models, Pamphlets, and a Shoebox Case,” an action-based learning approach in which students exercise creativity, analysis, and evaluation skills as they work on assignments

Mark Chain/FSA Teaching Innovation Award for graduate- level accounting teaching practices: Kelly Pope, associate professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University, Chicago, for “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes,” a digital-media project that includes a one-hour documentary and 30-minute teaching modules covering fraud topics such as revenue recognition, financial statement fraud, whistleblowing, and insider trading.

The winning curricula will become part of the AICPA’s Accounting Professors’ Curriculum Resource, a tool designed to encourage faculty and engage accounting students while learning about the profession. The tool is available to AICPA members at tinyurl.com/9j9q9s9.


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