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Master in Professional Accounting Council

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Who We Are

Traditional, Integrated and Econ-MPAs come together to network and create a sense of community within the MPA program. As a group we hope to instill a sense of unity and support for all MPA students. Through social events and community outreach we strive to not only be better students but create values and practices we can carry with us throughout our careers.

Mission

The mission of the MPA Council is to unite and build camaraderie between all MPA students through academic achievement, professional development, service to the community, and social engagement while upholding the environment, values, and integrity of the MPA Program, the most highly regarded accounting program in the nation.

Our Foundation

Academic Achievement & Professional Development

MPAC Esteemed SpeakersTexas MPA students seek excellence both in the classroom and in the workplace. Academic Achievement entails devotion to studying, research, and discipline, knowing that skills and habits learned at the University of Texas will be carried over post-graduation. Professional Development encompasses both nuance and ethics. Successful professionals have great interpersonal skills, panache and ambition. Successful professionals also maintain their integrity and do not allow their desires to overcome their ethics.

Service to the Community 

Texas MPA students are leaders in the McCombs School of Business and the University of Texas, and they will continue to be leaders in the professional sphere. Because of this, it is imperative that MPA students be proactive, set the example, and take the lead in giving back to the community. By utilizing our roles as leaders and taking the initiative, we strive to help others by the giving back with our time and talents.

Recent Academic and Professional Development activities include: TSCPA Speaker Panel, Traditional & 5th year MPA Panel
Recent service includes: Preschool Volunteer Event, Food Drive with Capital Area Food Bank
Recent Social activities include: Blazertag, Tower Tour, Plucker’s Trivia Night

MPAC Social EventSocial Engagement

The Texas MPA Program is vigorous, and as students progress through it, life long bonds are formed. As students strive for academic achievement, professional development, and service opportunities, an anticipated outcome is a vibrant community among MPA students. The camaraderie that is formed through these experiences contributes to student life and will enhance the professional world after graduation. 

Our Leaders

Executive Board

Charles Walper

Position: President
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: McAllen, Texas
Email: charleswalper@outlook.com

Kangmin (Paul) Lee

Position: Vice President
Year: Third-Year MPA
Hometown: Allen, Texas
Email: 5767paul@gmail.com

Gina Chiu

Position: Chief Development Officer
Year: Fifth-Year MPA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Email: fengching.chiu@utexas.edu

Maureen Sweet

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
Email: maureen.p.sweet@gmail.com

Kaleb Pereira

Position: Chief Membership Officer
Year: MPA
Hometown:
Email: kalebpereira@gmail.com

Committee Chairs

Sumin Cha

Position: Student Senate Representative
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Email: scha@utexas.edu

Karin Schultz

Position: Alumni Relations/MPA Legacy
Year: Traditional MPA   
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Email: karin.schultz@utexas.edu

Esther Kim

Position: Special Events
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Email: kimest@utexas.edu

Ashley Erbe

Position: Faculty Relations
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Email: ashley.erbe@utexas.edu

Symone N. Green

Position: Service
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas
Email: sng2114@gmail.com

Parker Foster

Position: Financial Controller
Year: Fourth-year MPA
Hometown: Colleyville, TX
Email: parkfoster@gmail.com

Blake Wood

Position: Logistics
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas
Email: blake.wood@outlook.com

Robert Rapp

Position: Social
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Email: robert.rapp@utexas.edu

Elise Sosebee

Position: Professional
Year: Fifth-year MPA
Hometown: College Station, Texas
Email: cesosebee@utexas.edu

Laurence Zhang

Position: Historian/Social Media
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Email: zhanglaurence@yahoo.com

Calendar

Esteemed MPA Council Speakers

Esteemed MPA Council Speakers are talk about their insights, experiences, and perspectives. Speakers’ topics are not limited to merely “accounting”; rather, speakers engage members on a variety of topics, such as policy, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal skills.

On March 11, 2015, we hosted a panel of 5 CPAs from the TSCPA:

J.T. Genter is under 30 and has been licensed for 5 years. He’s in tax with Durbin Bennett.
Melissa Mitchell has been licensed in Texas for 9 years, and holds a California CPA license as well. She has her own accounting practice.
Robert Moreno is an auditor. He got his bachelor’s from UT Austin in 1987; he’s been licensed since 1994.
Jeremy Myers is an auditor too. He’s under 30 and has been licensed since 2010.
Martha Ross has been licensed since 2004. She’s CFO at Hill and Knowlton Strategies, an international public affairs consulting firm.

Membership

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in the MPA program and actively take courses toward the MPA degree.

To contact an officer, find out more details about our events, or be included in our email distribution list, please send an email to UTMPACouncil@gmail.com.

For the 2015-2016 academic year no dues will be required for membership.