MPA Weekly News You Can Count On Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:52:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MIC News 2014 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:11:31 +0000 SAVE THE DATE:
Get ready for the upcoming year!  We have lots of exciting events in store for international students.

MPA International Orientation
Date:  Friday, August 29, 2014
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where:  GSB 3.138
Deadline to RSVP: August 18, 2014

Also stay tuned for:

  • Kayaking (September)
  • International Alumni Panel (October)
  • Thanksgiving Potluck (November 26)


MIC Volunteer Application
Do you want to take a more active role in MIC?

Fill out the attached application and drop it by the office or email Dawn Shaw to be part of the growing team!



MIC Volunteer Application – Fill-in Option

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McCombs Business Cards Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:10:41 +0000 MPA students- did you know that you can order McCombs business cards?

Just fill out the McCombs Business Card Request Form 149, bring it to the MPA Program Office for confirmation and a signature that you’re a current MPA student, and then place your order downstairs in the Duplication office (GSB 3.136). The ordering process should take just minutes.

Submitted by Jo Chauvin


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Accounting Faculty Honored at AAA Annual Meeting Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:06:20 +0000 Our faculty shined at this year’s American Accounting Association’s (AAA) annual Meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga. Bill Kinney, Lisa Koonce and Lillian Mills were all honored for their achievements in accounting education and research.

Bill KinneyThe Ohio State University honored Bill Kinney’s contributions to the field of accounting, inducting him into The Accounting Hall of Fame. An exemplary researcher and revered mentor to students and colleagues, Professor Kinney has led in the development of research on auditing and related accounting phenomena for almost fifty years. His research brought new vitality and scholarly interest to a key domain of the accounting profession.

The Accounting Hall of Fame was established at The Ohio State University in 1950 for the purpose of honoring accountants who have made or are making significant contributions to the advancement of accounting since the beginning of the 20th century.

John Robinson, the C. Aubrey Smith Professor of Accounting, was announced as President-elect of the American Taxation Association (ATA), the esteemed and long-standing tax section of the AAA. He begins his term officially next August 2015 and will serve through 2015-2016, hosting the ATA mid-year meeting. John is a thought leader in tax education and respected throughout the accounting research community as a scholar and doctoral mentor. As President, John will enjoy even stronger relationships with key stakeholders, and lead the association to continued excellence in research and teaching.

Lillian MillsAAA also honored Lillian Mills, Accounting Department Chair and Wilton E. and Catherine A. Thomas Professor of Accounting, with the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. This award was given in recognition of her contributions to both research and education, specifically noting her lengthy list of publications, strong relationship with the IRS and other governmental groups, and her history of service to the academic community.

Ray M. Sommerfeld served as a faculty member at McCombs for 30 years and was also a founding member of the American Tax Association (ATA). Established to recognize, honor and reward outstanding contributions by a faculty member teaching taxation, the Sommerfeld Award was created by the ATA in remembrance of Ray and the innovations he brought to taxation education.

Lisa KoonceProfessor Lisa Koonce, Deloitte and Touche Endowed Chair in Accounting, received the 2014 AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award for her work with a task force to develop a visual representation of accounting.  Working with a visualization expert, the task force explored society’s perceptions of accounting versus the task force member’s actual experiences in accounting.  From this and the input of others, they created a poster describing the importance of accounting to all aspects of business.

The Innovation in Accounting Education Award is intended to encourage innovation and improvement in accounting education by recognizing significant programmatic changes or a significant activity, concept, or set of educational materials. Winners receive $5,000, funded by the Ernst & Young Foundation, announcement of the award in the Fall Accounting Education News and the winning innovation will be eligible for publication in Issues in Accounting Education as a scholarly article.

Two McCombs Ph.D. graduates, Jennifer Brown, Ph.D. ’08, and Lisa De Simone, Ph.D. ’13, were recognized for outstanding papers. Brown, currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University, was awarded the ATA Tax Manuscript Award for her January 2011 paper, “The Spread of Aggressive Corporate Tax Reporting: A Detailed Examination of the Corporate-owned Life Insurance Shelter,” published in The Accounting Review. The paper is based on her dissertation, chaired by Robinson. De Simone, currently an assistant professor at Stanford, received the ATA/PWC Outstanding Dissertation Award and the Outstanding International Accounting Dissertation Award given by the International Accounting Section of the AAA for her paper chaired by Mills, “Does a Common Set of Accounting Standards Affect Tax-Motivated Income Shifting for Multinational Firms?”

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CBS Radio Dallas Internship Orientation Day Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:02:41 +0000 CBS Radio Dallas is holding an Internship Orientation Day on Friday, August 29th, 2014.

It will be held at the CBS Radio Building located at 4131 N. Central Expressway in Dallas (SW corner, Central Expressway & Fitzhue Ave).

Come to the 10th floor from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to learn about all the internships available.

CBS Radio Dallas is home to a cluster of 6 local stations with formats such as Sports, Light Rock, News, Classics, and Spanish. Internships include those in programming, promotions, sales, and accounting. They offer internships in all capacities of their business, and would like as many students to have an opportunity as possible.

RSVP Required — Deadline: August 25 -

Please send questions or concerns to

Internship Flyer Fall 14

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New Staff Announcement Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:44 +0000 Max FrancisThe MPA Program Office is excited to announce that Max Francis has joined the Career Services team as a Peer Career Consultant.

We asked Max a few things to get to know him. Let’s see what we have in common…

  • Why did you become an MPA student?
    I became an MPA student because I wanted to change careers out of sales and into accounting. I loved the city of Austin the few times I visited, and I saw the MPA program as a great way to gain both accounting and taxation expertise.
  • Why did you become a PCC?
    I believe many of the students who attend the MPA program do so in order to better their career opportunities. I see the PCC position as a great way to help fellow classmates realize their goals.
  • What hobbies/interests do you have?
    I enjoy watching football, playing sports, and reading nonfiction.
  • Do you have any pets (names, ages, etc.)?
    I don’t have any pets.
  • If you weren’t at work right now, what would you be doing?
    Studying (of course)!
  • If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?
    A lake house and a boat.
  • Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
    Rust Cohle from True Detective!
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FT Internal Audit Position in Houston Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:59:56 +0000 Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Newfield Exploration is an independent company that specializes in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.

Reporting to the Internal Audit Manager, the Internal Audit Analyst participates in the corporate internal audit function with a focus on planning and executing audits of multifaceted systems and financial operations, ensuring internal controls are sufficient to safeguard company assets.  Interested candidates can find out more about the position and apply on the company’s website, .

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Microsoft Finance Rotation Analyst Program Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:56:27 +0000 Microsoft has a Finance Rotation Analyst program available.  This two year program gives candidates the opportunity to explore four unique areas of corporate finance.

The program is open to undergraduate and Masters students interested in pursuing a career in tech.  Below please find additional information on how to stay connected and information on their priority process.

Stay Connected

Complete this Survey: Want to stay updated on important recruiting information related to your school?  Complete this survey to be updated on drop deadlines, recruiting events and coffee chats at your school or region.


This year, we are offering an opportunity to get a head start on full time finance recruiting opportunities.

ACTION: If you’re interested in being considered for finance opportunities at Microsoft, please complete the following steps:

Apply online at the Microsoft Careers Website for the Finance role.

  1. If you have an offer deadline (or anticipate one), reply to with an updated copy of your resume and your anticipated deadline.
  2. Complete the above survey.


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Imagine Austin Speaker Series: “Accelerating Austin’s Innovative Economy” Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:08 +0000 johnharthorne

 When:   Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704


John Harthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator, will be at Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center for the Imagine Austin Speaker Series. Mr. Harthorne will be speaking about how his organization has impacted the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Boston, and insights and strategies for Austin’s innovative economy.

For more information on this free event and how to attend, please visit


Submitted by Alexis Karis.

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Vinh Nguyen Says Farewell to the MPA Program Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:54:28 +0000 vinh_nguyenAfter 10 years of service with the MPA program, Vinh Nguyen is leaving for an outstanding opportunity within UT Austin.  Vinh is joining the UT School of Nursing as its Assistant Dean for Student Services.

Vinh started with the McCombs School of Business in 2004 and joined the MPA Program Office to help start up MPA Career Services.  Through his 10 years with us, he has been the consummate professional;  producing outstanding career services events, advising MPA students and fostering new career services initiatives like our professional development program.

While we hate to see Vinh go, we are extremely excited and proud of this new opportunity he embarks upon. If you worked with Vinh for Career Services advising, please be aware that both Michelle Polkinghorn and Dawn Shaw will be available for advising appointments as will the Peer Career Consultants. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either Michelle or Dawn.

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Changing the World by Changing Yourself Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:05:53 +0000 Changing the World TEDxYouthLaredo talkRecently , MPA student Ricardo Vazquez De Lara (MPA ‘15) participated in TEDxYouthLaredo where he spoke about “Changing the World by Changing Yourself.” Many of you have probably seen the educational and often very entertaining speakers that have made the TED Conference, a must-attend meeting of some of the top minds in the country. It has expanded to include satellite events in specific cities around the world and this was the inaugural year for TEDxYouthLaredo, a TEDx event designed for and organized by youth to share ideas, interaction and inspiration.

Ricardo is not only a Director at Large for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) Austin Professional Chapter, but he also has served as president of the UT ALPFA student chapter. In October of 2011 he was awarded the Jorge A. Caballero Student Leader of the Year Award. He serves as a Student Fellow for the UT Organization Project MALES, where he mentors local at-risk high school students who have a statistically high probability of dropping out of high school or not continuing on to higher education post-graduation. With such an amazing list of accomplishments at such a young age, it’s no surprise one of the event curators thought of him when planning the conference. Ricardo saw the opportunity to talk on the event’s theme, “Home,” as a way to change some of the negative connotations the South Texas/border regions have while encouraging self-reflection and the importance of treating everyone with dignity.

By volunteering, Ricardo feels he is able to give back in return for all the mentoring he received along the way. As his speech indicates, each person can make an impact on the world around them. He says, “The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) has a motto that I’ve personally adopted and really do admire. I wish everyone would follow suit, ‘Lifting as We Climb.’”

Check out Ricardo’s Speech on YouTube at:

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