Integrated MPA Orientation Highlights
Orientation for the integrated Master in Professional Accounting (iMPA) Program was a full day of introductions, food, and BACKPACKS! Over 220 incoming iMPA students arrived bright and early the morning of Tuesday, August 28 to kick-off their graduate accounting program journey. MPA t-shirts and backpacks were waiting at their seats when they arrived, and Steve Smith, Senior Director of the MPA Program, welcomed students while Jason Tasset, an MPA Academic Advisor, went through course curriculum.
Three Faculty members from the Accounting Department attended iMPA Orientation to introduce students to the courses they teach, offer helpful study tips, and answer student questions. Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Raji Srinivansan also stopped by to talk about D&I initiatives Texas McCombs is providing students, including inclusive teaching and effective learning environments. She reiterated the value of diversity and inclusion, and we loved her motto of “Be yourself. Be different.”
Current iMPA students provided opportunities to get involved in the Texas McCombs community while in the Program. MPAC, MPA Consulting Club, and Forensics Club all informed incoming students about their organizations and answered questions. We also had a panel of fifth year iMPA students join us to give their experiences with the Program, offer hints on the best classes to take, and provide insider info on networking and recruiting.
After the student panel, we took our class photo! Check out the incoming iMPA students below! Welcome to the Master in Professional Accounting Program, the top ranked graduate accounting program in the nation!
Students then transitioned to the Hall of Honors in the Graduate School Building to enjoy lunch with the Accounting Faculty. Not only did students get a tasty meal, but they got more of their questions answered by sitting with over 15 of our esteemed Faculty members.
Aleks from the International Programs Office came by and offered a presentation into the Study Abroad Programs here at Texas McCombs. She even had three students who recently went on a Study Abroad trip stop by and share their experiences overseas. We had tons of students ask questions, and I think we’ll be seeing many MPAs take advantage of this amazing opportunity to travel abroad!
iMPA Orientation concluded with an International Orientation presentation with David from MPA Career Services and Jason from MPA Academics. Oh, and did I mention Tiff’s Treats cookies were served? Yum!
Congratulations on starting a new chapter within the MPA Program, and welcome back to campus! Hook ‘em!