William Chapman, an undergraduate student at James Madison University, was awarded Beta Alpha Psi’s Medal of Inspiration Award, sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs and presented at the honor organization’s annual meeting in Anaheim. The award is bestowed to a student who has experienced extreme hardships and demonstrated an unusually high level of success despite that adversity, and includes a $5,000 cash stipend. Now a high performing student and community leader, Chapman battled Post Traumatic Distress Disorder after serving in the Marines in Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the Honor of the Purple Heart. At JMU, Chapman earned a spot on the Dean’s List, tutored his fellow students, and worked with the Skyline Literacy program to help refugees studying for their naturalization test. He was also recognized at the James Madison University - Evening of Excellence for earning nearly 100 percent in his accounting principles classes, and will be serving on the executive board of his Beta Alpha Psi chapter, on track to become chapter president.
Panos Patatoukas, associate professor at Berkeley-Haas, won the won the 2017 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs and recognizing his article, “Customer-Base Concentration: Implications for Firm Performance and Capital Markets,” which appeared in The Accounting Review in 2012. The award, which includes $2,500, was announced at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Diego Aug. 8. (Read the full story.)