Baillie, Doane students honored at Nebraska Society of CPAs annual meeting
Dr. Courtney Baillie and five Doane students were recently honored at the Nebraska Society of CPAs annual meeting, held virtually on October 29 due to COVID-19.
Dr. Baillie, professor of accounting at Doane, was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award and five of her students -- Tanner Crosley ’21, Brandie Schmitt ’21, Payton Zarkowski ’21, Erik Culp ’21, and Blaine Wood ’21 -- received scholarships from the Nebraska Society of CPAs.
The scholarships, ranging from $1500 to $2500, are awarded to college accounting seniors in Nebraska who aspire to work in public accounting. This year, the Foundation of the Nebraska Society of CPAs awarded a record-breaking $128,600 in scholarships to 72 accounting students at 14 Nebraska colleges and universities.
“To receive this scholarship is definitely a huge honor and it will help me pay for my senior year,” Schmitt said. “It proves to me that my hard work over the last four years has not gone unnoticed and motivates me to keep striving to reach my goals.”
Schmitt, who aspires to work in public accounting and plans to start studying for the CPA exam after graduation, said she was excited for Dr. Baillie to be honored with this prestigious award.
“She (Dr. Baillie) is an amazing professor and definitely deserves this award,” Schmitt said. “I have been so lucky to have her support over the last four years. She is such a great professor and she truly cares about the success of each of her students.”
Zarkowski, who has a job lined up at audit, tax, and consulting firm RSM in Omaha after graduation, echoes Schmitt’s thoughts.
“I think Professor Baillie 100% deserves that kind of recognition. She is a great asset to Doane and is a great resource for the business and accounting students on campus. She always makes class fun and engaging. While I really enjoy all of the professors I’ve had at Doane, Professor Baillie is one who truly made my time at Doane better and I think all of her students would agree.”
Dr. Baillie has been a faculty member at Doane since May 2016. Prior to teaching at Doane she was the MBA Program Director and a professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University for 16 years. Prior to that, she was an instructor at Southeast Community College.
“I feel honored to be recognized with this award,” she said. “While I enjoy accounting, my passion is teaching. I found the career that brings these two interests together.”
Baillie added, “Each of these students (receiving a scholarship) bring unique talents and abilities to the classroom. However, they all have exceptional analytical and quantitative skills. My greatest joy is watching students grow from the time I have them in my intro course to the time they graduate. One of the benefits of teaching at a small college is that I have my students in several classes and can watch this transformation.”
Doane’s accounting program is a rigorous major that requires 30 credit hours of business courses and 30 credit hours of upper-level accounting. Students are required to have 150 credit hours to take the CPA exam in Nebraska and once a student passes the CPA exam, they will need two years of professional experience to become a licensed CPA.
Culp, another senior accounting and business administration major, says Doane has well-prepared him for a career in accounting after graduation.
“The accounting program at Doane is a very well-run program with amazing professors,” Culp said. “They care about each student and it shows in how they teach. Professor Walkenhorst and Professor Baillie make each class engaging and strive to help each student understand what they are teaching.”
For more information on Doane’s accounting program, visit doane.edu/accounting.