2021-22 Orange Accounting News

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The Whitman School’s master’s in professional accounting program has now received STEM designation. The class of 2022 will be the first to graduate with this new STEM certification.

The Joseph L. Lubin School of Accounting was pleased to recognize these students and faculty at its annual Spring banquet in April 2022.

Focus on Faculty

While Sebastian Tideman is the newest addition to the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting at the Whitman School, he is also a familiar face, having been a visiting researcher and visiting professor from 2017 to 2020. This fall, not only will he return to join the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor of accounting, but he will also bring with him exciting research and a keen interest in one of the most popular areas in the field right now—how financial accounting intersects with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers report more conservative loss reserves—estimates of what the company will pay in future claims—following state-mandated regulatory financial examinations (RFEs).

Willie Reddic, associate professor of accounting, and two co-authors—Jill Bisco, associate professor of finance at the University of Akron and Kayla Booker, associate professor of business at Rhodes College—relate this finding in “The Effect of External Monitoring on Conservative Financial Reporting in the Property-Casualty Insurance Industry,” forthcoming in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.

Joe Comprix, professor of accounting and chair of the Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting, and two colleagues—Kerstin Lopatta, chair of accounting, auditing and sustainability at the University of Hamburg, and Sebastian Tideman, assistant professor of accounting at the Whitman School—decided to investigate this question after noticing certain patterns in transcripts in the heavily male-dominated setting (about 95 percent of CEOs and 90 percent of analysts are men). They lay out the results in their forthcoming article, “The role of gender in the aggressive questioning of CEOs during earnings conference calls,” in The Accounting Review.

The Joseph L. Lubin School of Accounting is pleased to recognize its faculty's contributions to refereed publications and book chapters.

Find a full list of the Joseph L. Lubin School of Accounting faculty at the Whitman School.

Spotlight on Students

Orange spirit is what initially drew Shanley Koekemoer ’23 M.S. to Syracuse University. As a student-athlete and graduate student at the Whitman School, she has already embraced the power of teamwork and community in her first semester.

You have weathered an incredible experience, whether you were locked down somewhere on campus or battling masks and distancing during the in-person return to classes this fall. You should be proud of how you have navigated these different sets of learning experiences. Your ability to manage this experience makes you truly unique. Remember this journey and when you look back, reflect on the resilience you have learned here.

The Whitman School has been actively involved as a student chapter of the NABA, Inc. This is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black Business Leaders in accounting, finance business, and entrepreneurship.

Alumni and Friends

Networking opportunities at the Whitman School landed twin brothers Luca Sinatra ’22 and Nick Sinatra ’22 internship experiences and job offers at two of the Big Four accounting firms. The duo had very similar Whitman undergraduate experiences, but when it came to the beginning of their careers, they took different paths.

When Barbara Ashkin ’74 (A&S), ’77 M.S. was studying accounting at Syracuse University in the mid-’70s, there weren’t many women accountants in the workplace. That didn’t stop her, however, as Ashkin built on her business education and her natural leadership abilities to leave her mark on the greater Syracuse landscape.

Neal Rotenberg ’79 convinced his daughter, Olivia Rotenberg ’14, ’15 M.S., to try just one accounting course during her second semester at Syracuse University. Before long, she was majoring in accounting (and finance), following in the footsteps of her dad and her mom, Sharon Singer ’79, both of whom had majored in accounting.

Read the class notes to see your fellow alumni as they take on new positions, get promotions, have babies, get married and share more good news. The class notes covered the time period from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

This list represents gifts received during the last fiscal year, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

The Lubin School of Accounting values input and advice from our alumni. Our Alumni Advisory Council and the Accounting Alumni Council provide us with industry trend information and current best practices in the areas in which they work.

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University inspires students for a world of accelerating change. Offering B.S., MBA, M.S. and Ph.D. programs, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Whitman School’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Whitman continues to be ranked among the nation’s top business schools by U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. To learn more about the Whitman School of Management, visit Whitman.syr.edu.

Syracuse University is an independent research university that advances knowledge across disciplines to drive breakthrough discoveries and breakout leadership. Our 13 schools and colleges and over 200 majors close the gap between education and action, so graduates are equipped to be resourceful, responsive and real-world ready. In and beyond the classroom, we connect people, perspectives and practices to solve interconnected issues with innovative approaches. Together, we’re a powerful community of game changers that moves ideas, individuals and impact forward.

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