STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Kevin (KP) Prince

NAME:

Dr. Kevin “KP” J. Prince

POSITION/TITLE:

Coordinator, Alcohol & Other Drug Education Program

HOMETOWN:

Houston, Texas

DEGREE (S) AND SCHOOL(S) ATTENDED:

BS in Psychology, Prairie View A&M University;

Ed.M., Counseling Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey;

Ed.S., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University;

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Georgia at Athens

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE:

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, Chemical Dependency, Relapse Prevention; Board Certified African Centered/Black Psychology Diplomate; Multiculturalism Competency, Equity & Inclusion

TIME AT UT:

Nearly 2 years

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN:

After moving from Atlanta, GA, it was a transition to Austin and the community here.  I came to Austin initially to share in the culture and community that makes Austin unique.  Although Austin is very different from Atlanta, I have learned to appreciate all that it has to offer.  One of the key aspects of the city includes the Longhorn community.  It is an opportunity to connect across to several aspects of the community in the city and on campus.  Access is a very important issue for our community.  I hope the access that I have will allow more opportunities to grow professionally and personally. It was also an opportunity to develop a comprehensive drug and alcohol program at a major university to save lives and support students abusing and dependent on alcohol and other drugs.  I wanted to make the greatest impact possible on a university community in Austin.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST THIS SEMESTER/YEAR:

Implementing new programs and reaching out to various communities within the Longhorn community

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION:

My mother, my kids, Karimah and Esteban

WHAT PROFESSION, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT:

I wonder if marketing, sports psychology, or entertainment would be interesting areas of work for me.

A LOCAL GEM THAT BFSA MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUT:

Casa Columbia’s on E. 7th Street is a wonderful restaurant.  Check it out if you have time to relax, enjoy good food, and share with others the East Side feeling.  Also, if you are looking for a culturally enriching, multicultural experience with a great atmosphere while working out and making friends, join a Capoeira group in Austin.  The following is a group I’ve work with in the past: http://www.capoeiraevolucao.com/

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN, AND WHY?

Some may be surprised to learn that I am an avid and dedicated Prince connoisseur. Since about 1983 before the Purple Rain revolution, I became a big fan.  Never started or joined a Purple Rain, Love4OneAnother, or prince.org fan club.  However, I did purchase music at 1-800-NEW-FUNK and own at least all of the legally released Prince albums along with a few bootlegs from back in the day.  I have vinyl, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs of music, movies, and concerts along with a download list of most songs on my IPod.  My favorite playlist is the best Prince slow jams from 1979 through today.  I can sing in not-so-quite perfect falsetto most of the music from the first 15 albums, but not so much the last five albums.  I’m a work in progress. There were some blue months as a Prince fan when my mother confiscated all of my Prince music after the nude cover of LoveSexy came out and she immaculately recalled the words to Darling Nikki on the same day.  There were three months where I did not hear any Prince music except on the radio.  It did not last long, but for a teenager at the time, it lasted long enough.  Why Prince?  Better alternative to Michael Jackson who I enjoyed but did not like as much after the Off the Wall album.  Hip Hop is beautiful and will always love, but the Minneapolis sound was my first love.  Plus, the girls at the time thought it was cute.  Can’t beat a pair of tight parachute pants, a few break dancing moves, and a Jheri curl in the mid to late 1980s. Yeah, it’s the Hot Tub Time Machine!

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Michael Clement

NAME:

Dr. Michael Clement

POSITION/TITLE:

Associate Professor of Accounting

HOMETOWN:

Washington, DC

DEGREE (S) AND SCHOOL(S) ATTENDED:

BBA, Baruch College

MBA, University of Chicago

PhD, Stanford University

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE:

Accounting and Finance

TIME AT UT:

Here since 1997

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN:

A strong accounting department (we are ranked #1), good colleagues, and Austin is a nice place to live.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST THIS SEMESTER/YEAR:

Spending time with my family.  My oldest son will be a freshman in college next year and I am looking forward to spending time with my wife and two sons.

WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION:

My dad.  He was a professor at a small college in Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY.  He was a real champion for diversity.

WHAT PROFESSION, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT:

A filmmaker.  I would like to make powerful films that touch people.

A LOCAL GEM THAT BFSA MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUT:

For me it is the Texas Relays and the activities surrounding that event.  It is my favorite time of year.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT A MEMORABLE CONVERSATION:

It was a conversation with Tyrone Willingham, who at the time was Notre Dame’s head football coach.  I asked him how I should choose from among multiple job offers that I was considering.  Without hesitating he said I should go where I could create the greatest opportunities for others.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Clement

Winner of Ernst & Young LLP New Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School

Ernst & Young LLP created the Inclusive Excellence Award to recognize the extraordinary efforts of faculty members who are helping to create more diverse learning environments that will ultimately help their students succeed
in today’s global workforce.

Five faculty members from top business schools were selected for their extraordinary efforts to advance inclusiveness on their campuses.  Award recipients were selected from more than 260 nominations based on their contribution to inclusiveness on their campus through innovative teaching, research, or program development.  The winners were also selected based on their mentorship and support of diverse students and faculty as well as their involvement with under-represented minority students on an individual basis or through diversity-related organizations.

Each winner has been awarded $7500 to use towards efforts to impact and improve inclusiveness and diversity at their school.  The award recipients were announced by EY Chairman and CEO, Jim Turley, and Director of
Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ken Bouyer, at an Ernst & Young LLP faculty reception during the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting in New York City.

Michael Clement received his BBA (magna cum laude) from Baruch College in 1980, his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1988, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1997. His research interests include security analysis, financial accounting, financial markets and statement analysis. Professor Clement is the recipient of numerous awards, including the CBA Foundation Research Excellence Award for Assistant Professors for 2003-2004.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

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We would like to spotlight our special faculty and staff who make significant contributions to the campus, community, students, faculty and staff. If you would like a nomination form, please contact Jennifer Martinson, BFSA Public Relations Officer, at jennifer@cs.utexas.edu

Welcome Y. SEKOU BERMISS to UT

Y. Sekou Bermiss

New position: Assistant Professor of Management, McCombs School of Business, Management Department

Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.); M.S. and Ph.D., Management and Organizations, Northwestern University 

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

What attracted you to The University of Texas at Austin?  The supportive and collaborative environment of the faculty here. It is a top-notch research university that also values collegiality. The faculty in the Management Department works very hard to maintain a healthy culture that supports members as they progress throughout their careers. The beauty of the city of Austin also attracted me. I had been to other cities in Texas and was in awe of the hills, lakes and general greenery of the area.

What is your area of expertise?  I study intangible firm resources, such as knowledge, reputation and identity, and how they impact firm outcomes. The “knowledge economy” poses many unique challenges for companies that didn’t exist 30 or 40 years ago. I am very interested in disentangling these problems empirically to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how 21st century organizations operate.

Have you discovered a favorite restaurant in Austin yet?  My colleagues have taken me to some great places to initiate me to Austin. I had some really good barbecue at County Line (haven’t made it to Salt Lick yet), and an uber-trendy delicious dinner at Wink. Admittedly, I have only experienced the tip of the iceberg.

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