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UT Tyler Senior Lecturer Receives 2012 Outstanding Educator Award

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November 8, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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November 8, 2012

Kathy Kapka, senior lecturer in accounting at The University of Texas at Tyler, has received the 2012 Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean, announced.

The award recognizes Texas accounting educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and have distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession. Kapka is one of four recipients in Texas and the only recipient in the small four-year college or university category.

“Kathy pours her time and energy into students to help them understand completely the principles of accounting. She looks to motivate her students at every opportunity and is extremely deserving of this award,” Doty said.

Kapka has served UT Tyler since 1999, first as its chief audit executive, later becoming a full-time instructor in 2009.

She is an active member of TSCPA and participates on a number of state and local committees, including the TSCPA Executive Board. Kapka also recently received the Excellence in Service Award from the Association of College and University Auditors. That association recognized her work as chair of the Accounting Principles Committee and the Audit Committee and the assistance she provided the Board of Directors in drafting committee charges and other ACUA policies.

Kapka also serves on the ACUA faculty and has spoken at several annual conferences and represented ACUA at other associations’ conferences.

TSCPA is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. The society has 20 local chapters statewide and more than 28,000 members, one of the largest in-state memberships of any state CPA society in the United States.

TSCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession. For more information, visit the organization's website.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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