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2013

Faculty reclaims title in 4th Annual Student vs. Faculty Softball Game

FSOA faculty and students gathered at the Southwest Rec Softball Fields for the 4th Annual Student vs. Faculty Softball Game. (12/16)

Fisher School dedicates atrium to longtime professor

The Fisher School of Accounting dedicated the atrium of Gerson Hall, the home of the Fisher School, to longtime accounting professor Dr. Irvin N. Gleim. (12/9)

Fisher School students selected as National Finalists in PwC 2013 Case Competition

"The Feisty Five," a team consisting of FSOA students Austin Friedman, Matt Kuruzovich, Christine Leonard, Allyson Barbanell and Jose Castro, is one of four National Finalist teams selected in the PwC 2013 Case Competition. (11/22)

Fisher School’s undergraduate program ranks sixth among U.S. public accounting programs

The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate program ranked sixth among all U.S. public accounting programs in U.S. News & World Report’s “2014 Best Colleges” edition. (9/10)

Fisher School again among nation’s elite in Public Accounting Report rankings

The Fisher School of Accounting had its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs all rank in the top 15 among U.S. public accounting programs in Public Accounting Report’s 32nd Annual Survey of Accounting Professors. (9/4)

Jill Goslinga appointed Grant Thornton Faculty Fellow

Jill Goslinga has been appointed Grant Thornton Faculty Fellow at the Fisher School of Accounting. (8/6)

Christopher Falk Wins Undergraduate Faculty of the Year Award

Christopher Falk was selected by WCBA Undergraduate Students as a winner of a 2013 Faculty of the Year Award for the category of Accounting Faculty. (7/25)

Nicholas Pinto selected for PwC International Intern Experience

Out of 250 applicants from universities across the country, Nicholas Pinto was one of only nine students selected to participate in the PwC International Intern Experience. Nick is currently a graduate student in the 3/2 program. (5/23)

Accounting instructor sings his way into barbershop quartet top ten

After entering its first singing competition, a local barbershop quartet, including FSOA accounting instructor Bob Tucker, considers itself FOURTUNATE. (5/23)

Fisher School of Accounting 2013 Spring Awards Banquet

Over 200 guests attended the Fisher School of Accounting's Spring Awards Banquet on April 18th at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. The annual event recognizes students for their outstanding academic performance and superior service to the Fisher School of Accounting. (4/22)

College mourns passing of influential accounting professor

Dr. John L. “Jack” Kramer passed away the evening of April 17 after a long illness. He was surrounded by his wife of 43 years, UF accounting professor Dr. Sandra Kramer, and family, including his four sons. He was 66. (4/22)

Marcus Kirk Receives Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. Marcus Kirk is one of five professors in the Warrington College of Business to receive a 2012-13 Teaching award. (2/5)

Mikaila Gazzillo and Bernard Flynn Win Grand Prize in “The Impostulators” Student Video Contest

The Grand Prize winner of "The ImPostulators" Student Video Contest, co-sponsored by the Florida Institute of CPAs and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, is Team Gazzillo/Flynn (Mikaila Gazzillo, 4AC and Bernard Flynn, 4BA) from the University of Florida. (1/13)


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2012

Fisher School ranks in top 10 among nation’s best public programs

The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate and graduate programs ranked in the top 10 among U.S. public accounting programs in the 31st Annual Survey of Accounting Professors published by Public Accounting Report (PAR). (11/1)

Fisher students receive scholarships

Governor Rick Scott and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Certified Public Accounting today announced the department is awarding $99,000 in scholarships to 16 minority students studying to become certified public accountants at Florida higher educational institutions. (10/2)

Fisher School undergraduate program fifth in U.S. News rankings

The undergraduate program at the Fisher School of Accounting was ranked fifth among all U.S. public accounting programs in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Colleges 2013" issue. (9/12)

W. Robert Knechel Awarded $10,000 PwC Grant

Fisher School of Accounting Eminent Scholar Robert Knechel was recently awarded a $10,000 PwC INQuires Grant. The grant is funded by the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. , and it is designed to provide funding for applied research. (7/12)

Fisher School of Accounting 2012 Spring Awards Banquet

Over 200 guests attended the Fisher School of Accounting's annual Spring Awards Banquet on April 19th at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. Students recognized for their outstanding academic performance and superior service to the Fisher School of Accounting included fellowship winners, Beta Alpha Psi initiates, FSOA Student Council gold members, and presidents of the accounting student organizations. (4/12)

FSOA Participates in International Executive Master of Auditing

The University of Florida Fisher School of Accounting is pleased to announce its participation in the International Executive Master of Auditing. The program is a combined effort with Maastricht University and Free University Amsterdam (VU). (1/12)

2011

2nd Annual Student vs. Faculty Softball Game

On November 13, 2011, faculty and students gathered at Albert "Ray" Massey West Side Park for the 2nd Annual Student vs. Faculty Softball Game. Perfect weather set the scene for this annual battle between the defending faculty champions and the students. Faculty, friends, family, and students came out to cheer for their teams. (11/11)

Ernst & Young Student Assistant Suite Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On September 26, 2011, The Fisher School of Accounting and Ernst & Young held a ribbon cutting ceremony as the Student Assistant Suite located in Gerson 125 was honored with Ernst & Young’s name. Ernst & Young has generously donated money to support the Student Assistant program in Gerson Hall. (9/11)

Michael Poiani Selected to Participate in KPMG Global Internship

Out of hundreds of applicants from universities across the country, Michael Poiani was one of only nine students selected to participate in the KPMG Global Internship program. Participants in this program travel overseas to work as part of international client engagement teams. The following is Michael's firsthand account of his once in a lifetime internship experience in Singapore. (7/11)

Fisher School of Accounting Ph.D. Students Receive Significant Honors

Stephen Brown, a Ph.D. student at the Fisher School of Accounting at the Warrington College of Business Administration, is a recipient of a 2011 American Accounting Association/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award for Innovation in Accounting Education. (6/11)

Fisher School of Accounting 2011 Spring Awards Banquet

Over 200 guests attended the Fisher School of Accounting's annual Spring Awards Banquet on April 21st at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. (4/11)

Jenny Tucker Talks to CNNMoney.com

J. Michael Cook/Deloitte Professor of Accounting Dr. Jennifer Wu Tucker talked to CNNMoney.com about Citigroup's intention for a 1 for 10 reverse stock split. (3/11)

Marcus Kirk's Findings Discussed in CFA Magazine

The findings of Luciano Prida Sr. Term Professor of Accounting Dr. Marcus Kirk regarding issuer-paid research is discussed in the March/April issue of CFA Magazine. (3/11)

Fisher School of Accounting Earns Top Marks in Public Accounting Report Rankings

The 29th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors published by Public Accounting Report (PAR) ranked the Fisher School of Accounting's undergraduate program 2nd and graduate program 3rd among national universities with similar faculty size. (1/11)

Fisher School of Accounting Hosts 4th Annual Women in Accounting Symposium

On January 7-8, the Fisher School of Accounting held its 4th Annual Women in Accounting Symposium bringing together some of the most successful female leaders and educators in the field of accounting. (1/11)

2010

FSOAC is Undefeated in Co-rec Recreational League

FSOAC ranked first in their division in the Co-rec Recreational League with a perfect standing of 8-0. They had total offensive runs of 102 and only 43 runs scored against them -- the best record for both. (12/10)

Jaclyn Freesman Selected to be UF Representative for the International Student Business Forum

Fisher School of Accounting student Jaclyn Freesman has been selected to travel to Athens, Greece in March 2011 to be the UF representative on the U.S. team for the International Student Business Forum (ISBF) hosted by Deloitte. (12/10)

Fisher School of Accounting Students Receive Honorable Mention at Deloitte Case Competition

Fisher School of Accounting students Jennifer Glenn, Jacob Hart, Daniel Johnson and Kelsey Lueck received honorable mention for their performance in the Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition. (11/10)

Joel Demski Honored with Lifetime Contribution Award

Dr. Joel Demski, Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar in the Fisher School of Accounting, has been awarded the 2010 Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting Award by the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. (10/10)

Robert Knechel is appointed Editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory

Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting Dr. W R Knechel has been appointed Editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. Dr. Knechel has previously served on the publication's editorial board as an Associate Editor and has been a frequent contributor to the journal. His three-year term as Editor begins June 30, 2011. (08/10)

Fisher School of Accounting Students Support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

About 150 students from the Fisher School of Accounting prepared approximately 750 tax returns for low-income families this spring. The families received $1.2 million in tax refunds and saved an estimated $150,000 in tax preparation costs. (04/10)

Vicki Dickinson Receives 2009 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award

Professor Vicki Dickinson is one of the winners of the 2009 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award. Winners were chosen for their innovative use of technologies such as integrating student input into lecture materials using surveys, quizzes and discussion boards, class rosters, calendaring, and wikis. (2/10)

FSOA Students Earn Top 5 National Finalists in PwC xTax Competition

PwC xTax (Extreme Tax) is a nationwide campus competition that gives students the opportunity to work with a group of their fellow students as well as with PwC professionals, to model real world decision making by formulating answers to some of the same issues that challenge today's business and government leaders. For the first time since UF has been participating in the xTax competition, the UF winning team was selected as one of the five national finalists from over 400 teams at participating universities across the country. (01/10)

2009

Fisher School of Accounting Climbs the Charts in the New PAR Ranking

The 28th Annual Survey of Accounting Professors published by Public Accounting Report (PAR) recently recognized the Fisher School of Accounting as having one the most admired undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the U.S. (12/09)

FSOA Students Receive Honorable Mention in the 2009 Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition

Led by faculty advisor Sandra Kramer, a team of Fisher School of Accounting students received honorable mention in the graduate division of the 2009 Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition. Each student on the team received $200 and the school received $2,000.00. (10/09)

Steve Asare Receives Funding for New Research Project

Stephen Kwaku Asare, KPMG Term Professor, has been chosen by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) to receive funding for a new research project-one of only five selected by CAQ's Research Advisory Board (RAB). In response to a request for proposals issued in March, he and his co-author (Arnie Wright) submitted "The Collaboration Between Financial Statement Auditors and Fraud Experts in Fraud Risk Assessment." (7/09)

Fisher School of Accounting Maintains AACSB Accreditation

The Fisher School of Accounting was among 14 schools that maintained their accreditation in accounting, AACSB International announced in April. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. (4/09)

Debbie Garvin Receives J. Michael Cook Excellence in Teaching Award

Fisher School of Accounting Master Lecturer Debbie Garvin received the J. Michael Cook Excellence in Teaching Award at the annual Spring Awards Banquet on April 16, 2009. This is the third time she has received this honor. (4/09)

Accounting Student Inducted into the Warrington Hall of Fame

At the 2009 School of Business Awards Banquet, Jebi Mathew (BSAc, '09) was inducted into the Warrington College of Business Administration Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an undergraduate in business or accounting. Students are selected based on their outstanding contributions to the Warrington community and mentorship of their peers. (4/09)

Jenny Tucker Receives Jack Wessel Excellence Award

Professor Jenny Tucker has been selected as one of ten recipients of this year's Jack Wessel Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. Tucker is the Luciano Prida, Sr. Professor at the Fisher School, where she teaches graduate courses in Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory. There were 21 nominations made by deans university-wide for the prize. The award carries with it a one-time, non-recurring allocation to support research, which can be used to fund travel, equipment, books, graduate student assistance and other research-related expenses. Tucker has been making a name for herself, and the Fisher School, since she joined the faculty five years ago. Demonstrating the impact of faculty beyond the reach of scholarly journals, Tucker has been seen and heard in the media relating her research on issues such as guidance and stock splits. She has attracted significant attention not only from academic scholars, accounting and finance professionals, but the financial press as well. Her paper, "To Guide or Not to Guide?" forthcoming in a leading accounting journal, has been discussed in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes.com, The Economist, Guardian (through Reuters News Services), CFO Magazine, and TheStreet.com. She appeared live on CNBC to discuss her research and its implications for the financial markets. She was also asked by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help develop the association's recommendations regarding corporate disclosure strategies. (4/09)

Jenny Tucker Quoted in Dow Jones Newswire Article

Jenny Tucker was quoted in a March 19, 2009 Dow Jones Newswire article titled TAKING STOCK: A Reverse Split Is No Green Light To Buy. She said that while there could be a perceived benefit from a reverse split, she warned that investors should not expect the company's performance to automatically pick up just because the stock is trading above a threshold that allows more investors to participate. She said that if the companies were optimistic about their future, and their ability to lift their prices through improved fundamental performance, they wouldn't feel the need for a reverse split. (3/09)

Accounting Faculty and PhD Graduates Highly Ranked in Contributions to the Accounting Literature

A new paper authored by Jean L. Heck of Saint Joseph's University has named several current and former members of the Fisher School faculty and UF graduates as significant contributors to the accounting literature over the past half-century (1959-2008). Heck's data indicates that 10,542 unique authors published in the core 25 accounting journals over this period.

Joel Demski, Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar in Accounting, was noted as the most prolific author in the accounting literature of the past half-century. Demski was the number one author in two analyses: one of authors published in five leading accounting journals, and a second of authors published in the 25 core accounting journals examined. Two other current Fisher School faculty members appear in the top ranked authors in the leading five journals: W. Robert Knechel, Ernst & Young Professor, at number 391 and Stephen Asare, KPMG Term Professor, at #529. Several former faculty and UF graduates also appear on the list of prolific contributors to the accounting literature. Heck calls the authors identified in the study "truly remarkable." (2/09)

Jenny Tucker Quoted in UK's Guardian

Professor Tucker was quoted in December in the UK's Guardian about her take on GE's decision to scrap quarterly forecasts. While some business leaders say companies make too many short-term decisions to ensure they don't fall short of their own forecasts, other experts caution investors that such moves could signal that companies have something to hide. According to Tucker, "There are two theories about stopping guidance. One side says that by providing quarterly earnings guidance, managers are distracted from their long-term goals and stopping guidance allows managers to refocus. The other side of the story is...that when performance is poor, they don't want to talk about it." Tucker, who co-authored a paper last year called "To Guide or Not to Guide?," found that despite what they may say publicly, many companies stop guidance following poor operating performance, and typically have a weaker record of meeting or beating analyst expectations than those that continue giving guidance. Tucker warned that companies that stop quarterly guidance should avoid becoming less transparent. "What we have seen from the financial crisis is that investors wanted to know more and see more disclosures," Tucker said. (1/09)

2008

FSOA Students Named 2008 KPMG Diversity Leaders

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has selected Fisher School of Accounting students Sharon Koele and Tatiana Lewinsky for its 2008 Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) class. (11/08)

Backpacking through Accounting

While most students gain their accounting knowledge through classroom studies at the Fisher School of Accounting, Daniel Riger and Sharon Lashinsky recently were selected to participate in an international accounting research project. The project was based in Maastricht, one of the oldest and perhaps most charming city in the Netherlands. (10/08)

2nd Annual Regional & Local Firm Social

On September 3, 2008, the Fisher School of Accounting held its 2nd Annual Regional & Local Firm Accounting Career Social in the J. Michael Cook/Deloitte Student Commons. (9/08)

International Academy of African Business and Development Conference

The International Academy of African Business and Development held its 2008 Conference at the University of Florida Hotel & Conference Center on May 20-24, 2008. Co-sponsors included the International Center for Research in Accounting and Auditing (ICRAA), the Fisher School of Accounting, and Ernst & Young. (5/08)

Barri Litt Receives Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

Over 50,000 candidates attempted the CPA exam and, Fisher School of Accounting alumna Barri Litt was honored as one of the 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Award recipients. (2/08)

Fisher School Participates in Grant from EU for New Research

The Fisher School of Accounting is collaborating with the Maastricht Accounting, Auditing, and Information Management Research Center (Maastricht University, Netherlands) in a grant awarded by the European Union for a new research project on auditing standards. (2/08)

Women in Accounting Symposium

The Fisher School of Accounting, along with Ernst & Young LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP(PwC), KPMG LLP, Deloitte, and the American Association of Attorney's - CPAs, hosted its first Women in Accounting Symposium. (1/08)

View more photos from the symposium and keynote speaker, Joelen Merkel's speech.

2007

W. Robert Knechel Appointed Associate Editor for Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory

Professor Knechel has been appointed as an Associate Editor for Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. The Journal is published by the American Accounting Association and is the top-rated scholarly journal devoted to auditing research. (11/07)

Fisher School of Accounting Alumni Tailgate BBQ/Spring Advisory Council Meeting

The Fisher School of Accounting reestablished an old tradition by hosting an Alumni Tailgate BBQ prior to the Florida vs. FAU game on November 17, 2007. (11/07)

Fisher School of Accounting Students Recognized in PricewaterhouseCooper's xTax Competition

In November, 2007, Fisher School of Accounting students participated in PricewaterhouseCooper's xTAX Competition. (11/07)

Fisher School of Accounting 2006-2007 Annual Report

The University of Florida had unprecedented national success in the last year with its basketball and football championships. The Fisher School is no stranger to national success. We've been a top ranked accounting program for many years. (11/07)

W. Robert Knechel Receives Best Manuscript Award

Professor Knechel received the "best manuscript" award from a paper he presented at the European Audit Research Network bi-annual conference held in Aarhus, Denmark on October 26 and 27. The paper, titled Strategic and Operating Management Turnaround Initiatives and Auditors' Going-Concern Judgment: Memory for Audit Evidence, was co-authored with Liesbeth Bruynseels and Marleen Willekens (Tilburg University) and Luc Warlop (Catholic University of Leuven). (11/07)

Fisher School Cracks Public Accounting Report's Top 10 List

The Fisher School of Accounting was ranked the #10 graduate program in the US in the 26th Annual Professor's Survey published by Public Accounting Report magazine. FSOA moved up three spots from 2006 and, among U.S. public schools, is ranked #7 for its master's program. FSOA's doctoral program also appeared in this year's survey for the first time, coming in at #23. (10/07)

Fisher School Students enjoy Local Firm Accounting Career Social

On September 5, 2007 the FSOA held its inaugural Annual Regional & Local Firm Accounting Career Social. The social was designed to give students a chance to interact with representatives from the accounting profession in an informal setting. (9/07)

View The Local Firm Option.

Fisher School of Accounting Featured in Article about Rankings

In an article published by the Independent Florida Alligator, the School was noted as "consistently ranking among the best." (9/07)

View our Academic Rankings page.

Jenny Tucker Discusses Earnings Guidance with CNBC

Professor Tucker discussed earnings guidance with CNBC's Joe Kernen and CFA Centre sr. policy analyst Matt Orsagh in a CNBC live interview on Squawk Box, 2/18/2007. The discussion related to her paper, To Guide or Not to Guide? Causes and Consequences of Stopping Quarterly Earnings Guidance, co-authored with Joel Houston and Baruch Lev.

This paper is also cited in a February 19, 2007 Barron's article by Gene Epstein, A Misguided Strategy and in a July 14, 2007 article, Jam today - Business in America, in The Economist. (2/07)

Gary McGill Featured in The Tax Advisor

Tax education has experienced several major shifts in the past two decades, driven by changes in the focus of tax practice. Professor McGill and co-author Edmund Outslay discuss this in their article, The GAAP in Tax Education: Integrating Tax and Financial Accounting in the Tax Curriculum, featured in the The Tax Advisor, February 2007. (2/07)

Fisher School Students Participate in KMPG Auditing Competition

Fisher School of Accounting students participated in a pilot six-week KPMG National Audit Case Competition during Spring 2007. (1/07)

2006

FSOA Students Tie for First in the Nation on the CPA Exam

Exam performance for 2005 was recently released, and the results show Candidates without advanced degrees tied for first in the nation by achieving an 84% pass rate on the Regulation portion of the exam. (12/06)

W. Robert Knechel

Is the business risk audit a better way to assess risks leading to focused audit testing, or is it simply a tool for generating opportunities to sell nonaudit services? Professor Knechel discusses business risk audit in his article, The Business Risk Audit: Origins, Obstacles and Opportunities, featured in the October 5, 2006 Article in Press. (10/06)

Joel Demski

Professor Demski expresses his thoughts about whether accounting is an academic discipline in his paper Is Accounting an Academic Discipline?, prepared for the AAA Anual Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 9, 2006. (8/06)

2005

Jenny Tucker

Professor Tucker uses a new approach to examine whether income smoothing garbles earnings information or improves the informativeness of past and current earnings about future earnings and cash flows in her paper, Does Income Smoothing Improve Earnings Informativeness?, with Paul A. Zarowin. (07/05)

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