Graduate student chosen for prestigious program

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    While some students are looking for a job, Karlene Tipton already had one when she was chosen for another.

    The masters of accounting student will be working for the Financial Accounting Standard’s Board (FASB), an organization that sets the standards for accounting practices across the nation.

    “So [FASB] looks at all the [accounting] standards they have now and try to improve those standards,” Tipton said. “It’s just a one-year program and I’ll be doing a lot and helping with different projects.”

    Tipton was nominated by her professors for the program and then attended an office visit at the headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.

    She is one of about eight students from across the country participating and is a part of a small but growing number of Horned Frogs accepted. Tipton said around five TCU students have been chosen in the past.

    Until her start date in January, Tipton will be taking the Certified Public Accountant exam and relaxing.

    Tipton is also the graduate assistant for the TCU men’s tennis team.

    “I work with the tennis team a lot mostly with the coaches and I’m trying to build up attendance and so that takes up a lot of my time too but it’s fun,” she said.

    As an undergraduate student at the university, Tipton was involved in Neeley Fellows and a sorority, involvement that has helped with her job with the tennis team.

    “It’s no surprise that our sorority attendance rates are higher, and I credit most of it if not all of it to Karlene’s knowledge of the sorority system,” David Roditi, the TCU men's tennis head coach, said.

    Roditi said she has done great work for the tennis program.

    “It’s too bad we can’t have her for two or three years,” he said. “We’re lucky, but we’re going to miss her and we’re very proud of her. We feel that she’s part of our team.”

    Tipton said her time working with the tennis team was nice because the work was so different from her accounting studies.

    Tipton’s peers agreed that she was a good choice for the program.

    “If anybody was going to get it or deserve it, it would be Karlene,” Walter Sanders III, another masters of accounting graduate student, said.