Penn State Remains Undefeated in the Fiesta Bowl

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Penn State

Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who spent the past 20 years in the retail sector and most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer for A’GACI. The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney remains a passionate fan of the school’s football team.

The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2017 season with a win-loss record of 11-2, which earned the team a trip to the Fiesta Bowl for the seventh time in school history. The Nittany Lions had won its previous six Fiesta Bowl games and maintained its perfect record by defeating Washington 35-28 on December 30, 2017. The team had previously won the Fiesta Bowl in 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1980, and 1977.

Quarterback Trace McSorley led the charge for Penn State with 342 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, both of which came on important third-down plays. The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 28-7 lead over Washington by the second quarter, but found themselves up by only seven points late in the fourth quarter. However, the team’s ability to convert on third down once again proved critical, as Penn State converted a trio of third-down attempts to run out the clock and secure its first bowl victory since 2014.

Accounting Research Opportunities at Penn State


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A retired financial executive based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney spent five years as vice president and chief financial officer of A’GACI, LLC. Before launching his career in finance, Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Penn State.

At the Penn State Smeal College of Business, students in the undergraduate accounting program enjoy access to a number of unique research opportunities in accounting. Faculty members in the Smeal Accounting Department investigate topics ranging from alternative accounting standards and forecasting to auditors’ opinion decisions during times of financial stress. Faculty members have also conducted extensive research into employee stock options, analyzing the taxation, valuation, and compensation aspects of various programs.

Every year in May, Penn State hosts the invitational Accounting Research Conference. The conference includes six in-depth presentations from junior and senior academics who discuss their latest research projects with students, colleagues, and invited accounting scholars.

To learn more about research opportunities at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, visit

Three Must-See Shows Playing at Gruene Hall in March


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Gruene Hall

The recipient of a bachelor’s in accounting from Penn State University, Reid Hackney is a retired retail executive who recently served five years as senior vice president and chief financial officer with San Antonio, Texas’ A’GACI. In retirement, Reid Hackney enjoys visiting Gruene Hall in New Braunfels.

As Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall, Gruene Hall hosts a variety of musicians and bands from up-and-coming country acts to established folk singers. Below are three must-see shows taking place in March.

1. The Peterson Brothers – The musical style of this real-life brother duo can be best characterized as a mix of funk, soul, and blues. Their first self-titled album was the winner of the 2015 Living Blues Critics Award for Best Debut Blues Album and they have played at prominent festivals such as Ogden Roots and Blues, the Minnesota State Fair, and the Chicago Blues Festival. They’re playing at Gruene Hall on March 4 from 12 to 3:30 p.m.

2. Bret Graham – A regular MC of the monthly Gospel Brunches at Gruene Hall, Graham has produced several albums since his debut tape in 1997 and is best known for songs such as “Honkin’ Out Some Hank” and “She Caught Me Not Fishing.” In addition to leading the March 11 Gospel Brunch, he’ll be playing live sets every Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. in March.

3. Slim Bawb – A multi-talented musician who plays an eclectic mix of instruments from the banjo to electric guitar, Slim Bawb has had a monthly residency at Gruene Hall for the past four years. He’s scheduled to play a free show on March 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.