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Fall 1999 Exchange

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School News Entrepreneur Awarded Stephen W. Gibson, entrepreneur- in-residence, received the U.S. Small Business Administration Award as the Utah Media Advocate of the Year on 21 May. The award honored his news columns written in the Deseret News and the Provo Daily Herald and his efforts to increase public understanding of the importance of small business contributions to the economy. Gibson has served as entrepreneur- in-residence at the Marriott School for four years. He helps in teaching the popular Creating and Managing New Ventures class and assists with the Entrepreneur Lecture Series. He serves as faculty advisor to the student entrepreneur club (ACE) and mentors students. National Accounting Board Chooses Interns Second-year MAcc student Steve Castleton has been selected to serve an internship with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) during the coming year. Two other BYU students, Clark Maxwell and Curtis Wright, have also served as interns for FASB in the past three years. Both Maxwell and Wright are working for Ernst & Young, LLP. Maxwell is in the Salt Lake office and Wright is with E&Y's Orange County office. For the past fifteen years, FASB invited universities across the United States to nominate candidates for the position. BYU has recently become actively involved in the FASB internship opportunity. According to Maxwell, a few schools have had great success with FASB internships, sending six or seven interns. "However, BYU has had three in three years. As far as I know, three in three years is an unprecedented achievement. This recent acceptance by FASB is a real credit to BYU and its faculty, students, and pro- gram," he said. Castleton looks forward to his opportunity to work with FASB. "I have feelings of both excitement and responsibility. I am thrilled to work on leading-edge accounting projects with bright people. I'm sure I will learn a great deal. I also feel it is a privilege to be the one chosen to represent BYU. I know how my performance will reflect both on BYU and on me, so I'm taking on this opportunity with a lot of determination and dedication." SOAIS "PhD Track" To help students planning to pursue a PhD in accounting, SOAIS offers a PhD track especially designed for MAcc students interested in continuing on to obtain a doctoral degree and pursue a career in academics. According to Professor Doug Prawitt, coordinator of the PhD track, there were three primary motivators behind his original proposal for implementing such a track. First, upon his return to BYU in 1993, Prawitt recognized that more could be done to help prepare students planning to pursue a PhD. "BYU doesn't have an accounting doctoral program of its own, but I believe we can play an important role in supplying top-quality students to PhD programs around the country," he said. Second, Prawitt sees the PhD track as a way to increase the quality and size of the pool of LDS accounting professors. Since BYU has a long-standing policy to look first to qualified LDS candidates, it is important to ensure that a large and vibrant pool of qualified candidates exists. Perhaps most motivating to Prawitt is the vision of having six to eight candidates graduating through the PhD track each year and eventually forming a large constituency of accounting professors at various universities. "Just think of the tremendous positive influence these good LDS professors will have on thousands of students across the country," he commented. According to Prawitt, the PhD track is designed to give potential PhD candidates a head start in four fundamental areas. First to give them a solid foundation in quantitative skills, such as calculus and statistics on both practical and theoretical levels. Second to help students become familiar with cur- rent academic research. Third, enrolling in the track gives students an opportunity to teach introductory-level classes and gives them experience in this critical area. And finally to provide individual advice and counsel on, among many other issues, whether to pursue a PhD, what area to focus on, and which PhD programs will provide the best education in the student's desired area of research. Student Politician A Marriott School student is making his mark in the political world. Daniel Marriott, a junior in organizational behavior, has been elected co- chair of the College Republican National Committee. Marriott's two-year position places him second-in-command nationally, where he will play an integral part to double the size of college republicans in the U.S., which he is very confident will happen. He feels enthusiastic about this responsibility. "I love the opportunity to have an impact for causes I believe in, those of conservatism, of protecting the family, of promoting respect and responsibility in individuals," he said. Running for a political office hasn't always been on Marriott's agenda. "I never thought of actually running for a national office," he said. Because he was the most active state chair in the western caucus, he was elected caucus chair and things evolved from there to his current position. "I believe in getting involved and making a difference, and 'things'

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