LSU Department of Accounting Publishes Annual Tiger Tactics


2018 Edition of Tiger Tactics

January 9, 2019

BATON ROUGE - The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business has published its annual Tiger Tactics newsletter announcing several accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni.

Erin Kilpatrick (’16, ’17 alumna) was awarded the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Elijah Watt Sells Award, the second LSU graduate to win in as many years. The award is bestowed on CPA candidates who have achieved excellence on the CPA Examination, and only 58 individuals out of 95,858 who recently sat for the exam met the criteria to receive the award. “The accounting department does a great job preparing students to pass the exam,” said Kilpatrick, who is featured on the cover of Tiger Tactics. “You do have to put in additional studying and effort, but LSU equipped me with the knowledge to be successful.”
In April 2018, Claire Masson (’17 undergraduate and current MAcc student) competed in the annual SAS Global Forum, a data analytics competition in which teams of two-to-four students share their work in a 20-minute presentation. “The SAS Global Forum Student Symposium was an extraordinary event to attend for data analytics exposure,” said Masson. “The conference was an invaluable experience to network and learn from other analytics professionals.”

A trio of LSU Department of Accounting faculty collaborated on a paper that was accepted for publication in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. “Auditors and Disclosure Quality: The Case of Major Customer Disclosures” was written by Joseph Legoria, associate professor, Ken Reichelt, professor and Jared Soileau, associate professor. Legoria, Reichelt and Soileau show that both mandatory and voluntary disclosures of major customers in the Form 10-K filing is positively affected by the quality of auditors – specialists, larger accounting firms and larger offices.

“In this issue of Tiger Tactics, we bring you another update that spotlights students, alumni, and faculty, as well as special events and accomplishments,” says Tommy Phillips, Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Accounting. To the many supporters of the department, Phillips says “I must emphasize how we appreciate the financial support from many of you. Your contributions help to keep our program nationally competitive. We sincerely thank you, and we are hoping that we can count on others to join you in giving to accounting academics to make LSU even better.”

About the Department of Accounting
The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia. For more information, visit, call 225-578-6202 or email

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business:
Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit

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Contact: Wendy Marx
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business