Fisher School of Accounting Articles: page 3

A path to leadership

One week after Steve Knopik became an accounting major, he hit a roadblock. Knopik had breezed through every level of schooling to that point, but a surprise quiz in his first accounting class earned him a ‘D’ and the first difficult academic moment of his life. “I got walloped,” Knopik said. “It taught me that I wasn’t infallible or God’s gift to academia. I had to work hard.” That wakeup call changed his perspective on the accounting profession. Knopik realized

This $20 billion Chinese tech giant empowers female leaders

“Ctrip CEO Jane Sun has made championing female leaders inside her company a top priority since she joined as CFO back in 2005,” writes Yahoo! Finance. In addition to providing free taxi rides to pregnant employees, welcome and education monetary gifts to new mothers and flexible work hours, Fisher School of Accounting alumna Jane Sun (BSAc ’92) has made Ctrip the only Chinese company that will fully pay for egg freezing for its female employees.  Hear from Sun about why

In your first semester at UF Warrington? Here’s some advice.

On behalf of the entire Warrington College of Business, if this is your first semester as a Business Gator, welcome! We’re so glad you joined the Gator Nation. While we hope your experience thus far has been everything you ever imagined, we know transitioning to life as an undergraduate or graduate student can be challenging at times. To help you during your early time here, we asked Warrington students, faculty, staff and alumni, who have all been there, to share

Giving back to the Fisher School

Who says accounting isn’t romantic? For Aaron (BSAc ’04, MAcc ’04) and Carly (BSPR 04) Topol, the Fisher School of Accounting played an integral role in their lives both professionally and personally.  Now married for more than 15 years, the couple briefly dated in high school before leaving for the University of Florida. They soon reunited on campus after Carly enrolled in the Intro to Financial Accounting course and knew she needed a bit of extra help. At her mother’s

Fisher School remains sixth best undergraduate accounting program among publics in U.S. News rankings

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate program was named No. 6 among U.S. public programs in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Colleges” edition released Monday, September 9. Overall, the Fisher School was ranked the No. 11 program in the U.S., as it was on the “2019 Best Colleges” list from U.S. News & World Report. The Fisher School also continues to be the No. 1 ranked undergraduate accounting program in the state of

Fisher School master’s and undergraduate programs rank in top 5 among publics by Public Accounting Report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Once again, accounting professors and deans have ranked the Fisher School of Accounting’s undergraduate and master’s programs in the top 5 among publics and its doctoral program in the top 15 among publics on the Public Accounting Report’s 38th Annual Professors Survey. The undergraduate program rose to No. 4 among publics and No. 7 overall, up one spot in each category from No. 5 and No. 8, respectively, in 2018. The master’s program at the Fisher School remained

Research Roundup: Innovative ideas from Warrington in 2018-2019

Over the 2018-2019 academic year, Warrington College of Business faculty members reminded us why they’re some of the best in the world. From producing hundreds of new research papers, to teaching countless students the fundamentals of business, to writing or being quoted in the news about trending topics, the innovative ideas from Warrington faculty members continued to elevate the college into one of the most respected in the world. Warrington faculty had 150 papers accepted or published in the 2018-19

Fisher student named Public Company Accounting Oversight Board scholarship recipient

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fisher School of Accounting student Ashlyn Lowe is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) academic scholarship. The scholarship will cover $10,000 worth of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Lowe is a combined undergraduate and graduate student at the Fisher School. She will start her final year of the program this fall and is set to graduate in the spring of 2020. “Receiving this scholarship gives me added confidence that I am capable

Inaugural Fisher School director dies at 81

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It is with great sadness we announce the death of John K. Simmons, the inaugural Director of the Fisher School of Accounting at the Warrington College of Business, University of Florida. Dr. Simmons died on July 19, 2019, in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he lived after retiring from the University of Florida. Dr. Simmons was 81 and is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail Simmons, two daughters, Kauleen Simmons and Laura Simmons Pouloutides, son-in-law John Pouloutides, granddaughters,

Lessons in leadership

When Ricky Caplin (BSAc ’05, MAcc ’05) first came to the University of Florida in 2001, he considered his options and his long-term goals of becoming a leader in business as he selected his major. In choosing accounting, Caplin was able to learn both the language of business and gain experience from internships. “Accounting was a great way for me to gain a fundamental knowledge of business,” he said. “I had a lot of really good teachers.” Caplin completed two