Cameron University accounting students receive Outstanding Student Award from Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants

Four Cameron University accounting students have been honored with the 2014-15 Outstanding Student Award by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). Amanda Barkheimer, Duncan; Lindsey Billen, Faxon; Ashley Brinck, Lawton, and Monica Martin, Lawton, were each recognized for outstanding academic and co-curricular activities.

“I am so proud of our accounting students’ accomplishments,” says Bernadette Lonzanida, an accounting instructor in the School of Business. “We have a solid accounting program at Cameron University,  and I am confident that our accounting graduates can compete anywhere in the world.”

With encouragement from friends and family, Barkheimer returned to school in 2009, attending Murray State College before transferring to Cameron University in Fall 2010. After attending her first accounting class, she switched her major to accounting after realizing her new-found love for this field of study. She accredits her love for the field to the passionate accounting professors at Cameron University. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester she has attended Cameron University and has earned an Associate in Business Summa Cum Laude. In March 2014, Barkheimer was inducted into Delta Mu Delta, the International Business Honor Society, and The Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. She will be eligible to graduate after the Fall 2015 semester but plans to take additional accounting classes in preparation for the CPA exam. Barkheimer would like to use her knowledge to assist non-profits and charitable organizations.

After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cameron in 2008, Billen returned to Cameron in 2013 to earn a degree in accounting. She will graduate in May. Last year, she received a national scholarship from Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business. Billen has worked as a deputy treasurer in the Comanche County Treasurer’s office for more than six years. She plans to use her education to further her career in county government.

After completing her accounting degree in December 2015, Brinck plans to attend the MBA program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She currently serves as president of the Accounting Club and as vice president of Phi Eta Sigma, in addition to serving as a Supreme Court Justice of the Student Government Association. Brinck is a member of Delta Mu Delta and Phi Kappa Phi.

After serving in the Marine Corps for four years, Martin began pursuing her education at a community college in Jacksonville, N.C. She transferred to Cameron in the fall of 2013 to continue her education in business and subsequently solidified her degree plan to pursue a Bachelors of Accounting. She will graduate in December 2015. Martin has been inducted into Delta Mu Delta as well as The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She plans to further her education by pursuing an MBA at Cameron.

The Cameron University School of Business is accredited by ACBSP, the specialized accreditation association for business education which embraces teaching excellence.

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April 30, 2015

PR# 15-096